Definitions of settlement

  1. the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies; " the British colonization of America"
  2. something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making; " the finally reached a settlement with the union"; " they never did achieve a final resolution of their differences"
  3. an area where a group of families live together
  4. a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it
  5. a community of people smaller than a town
  6. something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making; " the finally reached a settlement with the union"; " they never did achieve a final resolution of their differences"; " he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of closure"
  7. The act of setting, or the state of being settled.
  8. Establishment in life, in business, condition, etc.; ordination or installation as pastor.
  9. The act of peopling, or state of being peopled; act of planting, as a colony; colonization; occupation by settlers; as, the settlement of a new country.
  10. The act or process of adjusting or determining; composure of doubts or differences; pacification; liquidation of accounts; arrangement; adjustment; as, settlement of a controversy, of accounts, etc.
  11. A disposition of property for the benefit of some person or persons, usually through the medium of trustees, and for the benefit of a wife, children, or other relatives; jointure granted to a wife, or the act of granting it.
  12. That which settles, or is settled, established, or fixed.
  13. Matter that subsides; settlings; sediment; lees; dregs.
  14. A colony newly established; a place or region newly settled; as, settlement in the West.
  15. That which is bestowed formally and permanently; the sum secured to a person; especially, a jointure made to a woman at her marriage; also, in the United States, a sum of money or other property formerly granted to a pastor in additional to his salary.
  16. The gradual sinking of a building, whether by the yielding of the ground under the foundation, or by the compression of the joints or the material.
  17. Fractures or dislocations caused by settlement.
  18. A settled place of abode; residence; a right growing out of residence; legal residence or establishment of a person in a particular parish or town, which entitles him to maintenance if a pauper, and subjects the parish or town to his support.
  19. The act of establishing, fixing, etc.; state of being established or fixed; establishment in life, business, or condition; a disposition of money for the benefit of someone; payment or adjustment of an account, dispute, etc.; a colony newly settled; legal residence.
  20. Act of settling: state of being settled: payment: arrangement: a colony newly settled: a sum newly settled on a woman at her marriage.
  21. Act of settling; adjustment; colony; place settled; jointure.
  22. The act of settling.
  23. A colonized region.
  24. The act of settling; a state of being settled; subsidence; a jointure; place settled; adjustment; a colony; legal residence. Act of Settlement, the statute of the 12th and 13th of William III., by which the crown was limited to the royal house of Hanover.
  25. The act of settling, or state of being settled; a jointure granted to a wife; the act of entering into a domestic state; the act of planting, as a colony; the colony itself; right to parochial relief, or the residence by which it is claimed; liquidation or payment; adjustment, as of differences or a claim.