Entry Definition
(shoe, rotting pumpkin, etc.) s/he gradually settles and spreads, gradually crumples
s/he presses on it and rubs it; s/he shakes it to settle it (container or contents)
it settles unevenly
s/he disembarks and unloads household goods and establishes residence
(water) its flow slows and suspended matter settles out of it; it filters through (leaving sediment behind)
s/he, it settles to bottom (e.g., sediment; water settling out of water-oil mixture)
it crumbles and the particles fall (e.g., peeling paint flakes settle on floor, wind-eroded sandstone grit accumulates on ground below cliff)