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SATTLE, n., v. Also sattil, satell. Sc. forms of Eng. settle. See also Settle. [sɑtl]

I. n. 1. A settle, bench with back and arms, a long chair (Gall. 1969). Combs. sattle-bed, a divan bed (Gall. 1969), sattle chair, id. (Gall. 1904 E.D.D., Gall. 1969), sattle stane, a long stone used as a seat at the fireside. Kcb. 1814  W. Nicholson Tales 116:
The sattle chair, for seat or bed.
Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 483:
Sitting on the sattle-stane at the ingle-cheek taking a blaw o' the pipe.
Ayr. 1846  Ballads (Paterson) 112:
To lean me on my sattle.

2. The middle passage way through a byre between the opposite rows of stalls (Per. 1904 E.D.D.). Phs. a misunderstanding of or confusion with Saiddle, n., 2.

II. v. 1. As in Eng. (Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis; Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 265; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Ork., ne.Sc., em.Sc.(a) 1969). In Sc. sometimes with for, up. Comb. sattle-grass, a sobering experience, one which dispels levity. See settle-grace, s.v. Settle. Fif. 1702  D. Beveridge Culross (1885) II. 44:
The satelling and establishing of the pryce.
Edb. 1773  Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 89:
At sattlin o' a nice or kittle point.
Ags. 1823  A. Balfour Glenthorne II. 74:
Let me lie still here, till I sattle a wee.
Ags. 1857  A. Douglas Ferryden 17:
Awa' for a half gill o' something, an' see an it'll sattle me.
Abd. 1880  W. Robbie Yonderton viii.:
I'se try an' get that sattl't up at the same time.
Wgt. 1880  G. Fraser Lowland Lore 141:
That case was sattled for afore.
Bwk. 1921  T.S.D.C. IV.:
She's gotten sattle-grass noo.

Hence n. ‡sattlement, Sc. Law: the disposition of property by will, a testament, the document by which this is done. Now in Eng. form Settlement, q.v. Sc. 1707  Binns Papers (S.R.S.) II. 101:
It is in the Generals sattlement, which paragrafe he had coppied out.
Abd. 1880  W. Robbie Yonderton iv.:
Making some kin' o' a sattlement, for we're baith turnin' ower to years noo.

2. In the Presbyterian Churches: to appoint (a minister) to a pastoral charge; to provide (a vacant parish) with a minister. Hence sattlement, the placing of a minister in a parish. Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xiii., xviii.:
The Coort o' Session steps in to interdict a sattlement by a Presbytery. . . . The Presbytery made a fashion o' sattlin' this Maister Middleton, that hed been helpener afore to Ferdie.

3. intr. Of a breeding animal: to conceive, become pregnant (Abd. 1969).

[Verb forms in -a- are found in Mid.Eng. from the 14th c. and still occur in n.Eng. dial. and are referred back to O.E. *sœtlan a parallel form to setlan, settle. The n. forms are altered after the verb from O.E. setl, a seat. O.Sc. sattill, to settle, 1535.]

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