settling rounds

settling rounds

[′set·liŋ rau̇nz]
(ordnance)
Rounds fired at varying angles of elevation to seat the spade and base plate of a gun mount firmly in the ground.
References in classic literature ?
After having borne all sorts of affronts and ill-treatments, we retired to our house at Fremona, in the midst of our countrymen, who had been settling round about us a long time, imagining we should be more secure there, and that, at least during the life of the Emperor, they would not come to extremities, or proceed to open force.
When the deputies returned without an explanation, or even venturing to demand one, she, with the calm energy of her character, determined to chase away the strange cloud that appeared to be settling round Mr.