noun \ˈkiln, ˈkil\

: an oven or furnace that is used for hardening, burning, or drying something (such as pottery)

Full Definition of KILN

:  an oven, furnace, or heated enclosure used for processing a substance by burning, firing, or drying
kiln transitive verb

Origin of KILN

Middle English kilne, from Old English cyln, from Latin culina kitchen, from coquere to cook — more at cook
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Oven for firing, drying, baking, hardening, or burning a substance, particularly clay products but originally also grain and meal. Modern kilns are used in ceramics to fire clay and porcelain objects, in metallurgy for roasting iron ores, for burning lime and dolomite, and in making portland cement.


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