Perch vs Settle - What's the difference?

perch | settle |

As a proper noun perch

is .

As a verb settle is

to place in a fixed or permanent condition; to make firm, steady, or stable; to establish; to fix; especially, to establish in life; to fix in business, in a home etc.

As a noun settle is

(archaic) a seat of any kind.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) perche, from (etyl) perca, from (etyl) .


  • Any of the three species of spiny-finned freshwater fish in the genus Perca .
  • Any of the about 200 related species of fish in the taxonomic family Percidae.
  • Several similar species in the order Perciformes, such as the grouper.
  • Hyponyms
    * Balkhash perch, European perch, yellow perch * (fish in family Percidae) darter, pike-perch, zander * (fish in order Perciformes) bass
    Derived terms
    * (black perch) * (blue perch) * (grey perch) * (gray perch) * (red perch) * (red-bellied perch) * (perch pest) * (silver perch) * (stone perch) * (striped perch) * (white perch)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) perche, from (etyl) .


  • a rod, staff, or branch of a tree etc used as a roost by a bird
  • * Tennyson
  • Not making his high place the lawless perch / Of winged ambitions.
  • A pole connecting the fore gear and hind gear of a spring carriage; a reach.
  • a position that is secure and advantageous, especially one which is prominent or elevated
  • (dated) a linear measure of 5½ yards, equal to a rod, a pole or ¼ chain; the related square measure
  • a cubic measure of stonework equal to 16.6 × 1.5 × 1 feet
  • (textiles) a frame used to examine cloth
  • Derived terms
    * knock someone off his perch


  • To rest on (or as if on) a perch; to roost.
  • To stay in an elevated position.
  • To place something on (or as if on) a perch.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=September 7 , author=Dominic Fifield , title=England start World Cup campaign with five-goal romp against Moldova , work=The Guardian citation , page= , passage=The most obvious beneficiary of the visitors' superiority was Frank Lampard. By the end of the night he was perched 13th in the list of England's most prolific goalscorers, having leapfrogged Sir Geoff Hurst to score his 24th and 25th international goals. No other player has managed more than the Chelsea midfielder's 11 in World Cup qualification ties, with this a display to roll back the years.}}
  • (transitive, intransitive, textiles) To inspect cloth using a .
  • settle


    (Webster 1913)


  • To place in a fixed or permanent condition; to make firm, steady, or stable; to establish; to fix; especially, to establish in life; to fix in business, in a home etc.
  • * And he settled his countenance steadfastly upon him,until he was ashamed. --2 Kings VIII. 11. (Rev. Ver.)
  • *
  • (transitive, obsolete, US) To establish in the pastoral office; to ordain or install as pastor or rector of a church, society, or parish.
  • To cause to be no longer in a disturbed condition; to quieten; to still; to calm; to compose.
  • * (George Chapman)
  • God settled then the huge whale-bearing lake.
  • * (John Bunyan)
  • Hoping that sleep might settle his brains.
  • To clear or purify (a liquid) of dregs and impurities by causing them to sink
  • To restore (ground, roads etc.) or bring to a smooth, dry, or passable condition
  • To cause to sink; to lower
  • To determine, as something which is exposed to doubt or question; to free from uncertainty
  • * (Jonathan Swift)
  • It will settle the wavering, and confirm the doubtful.
  • To pacify (a discussion, quarrel).
  • (archaic) To adjust (accounts); to liquidate; to balance.
  • (colloquial) To pay.
  • to settle a bill
  • To colonize; to move people to (a land or territory).
  • To become fixed, permanent or stationary; to establish one's self or itself
  • * (Francis Bacon)
  • The wind came about and settled in the west.
  • * (John Arbuthnot)
  • Chyleruns through all the intermediate colors until it settles in an intense red.
  • To fix one's residence; to establish a dwelling place or home.
  • To become married, or a householder.
  • * (Matthew Prior)
  • As people marry now and settle .
  • To be established in a profession or in employment.
  • To become firm, dry, and hard, like the ground after the effects of rain or frost have disappeared.
  • To become clear after being unclear or vague
  • * (Joseph Addison)
  • A government, on such occasions, is always thick before it settles .
  • To sink to the bottom of a body of liquid, for example dregs of a liquid, or the sediment of a reservoir.
  • To sink gradually to a lower level; to subside, for example the foundation of a house, etc.
  • To become calm; to stop being agitated
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Till the fury of his highness settle , Come not before him.
  • To adjust differences or accounts; to come to an agreement.
  • (obsolete) To make a jointure for a wife.
  • * (Samuel Garth)
  • He sighs with most success that settles well.


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    * (to place in a fixed or permanent condition) remove * (l) * (l) * (l)

    Derived terms

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    (en noun)
  • (archaic) A seat of any kind.
  • * Hampole
  • upon the settle of his majesty
  • A long bench, often with a high back and arms, with storage space underneath for linen.
  • (obsolete) A place made lower than the rest; a wide step or platform lower than some other part.
  • * Bible, Ezekiel xliii. 14
  • And from the bottom upon the ground, even to the lower settle , shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit.