Hypertext Webster Gateway: "settlement"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Settlement \Set"tle*ment\, n.
1. The act of setting, or the state of being settled.
(a) Establishment in life, in business, condition, etc.;
ordination or installation as pastor.

Every man living has a design in his head upon
wealth power, or settlement in the world.
(b) 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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties
with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of
their home state but are not literally under the home
state's system of government [syn: {colony}]
2: a community of people smaller than a town [syn: {village}, {small
3: a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it
4: the act of colonizing [syn: {colonization}, {colonisation}]
5: 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" [syn: {resolution}]
6: an area where a group of families live together
7: terminating a business operation [syn: {liquidation}]

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