ket·​tle | \ˈke-tᵊl \

Definition of kettle 

1 : a metallic vessel usually used for boiling liquids especially : teakettle

3a : pothole sense 1b

b : a steep-sided hollow without surface drainage especially in a deposit of glacial drift

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The base of each beer is a kettle soured wheat beer. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's red, white and brewed and coming out in time for the Fourth of July? Ask Third Space.," 26 June 2018 The inside kettle of the grill will no doubt have some buildup of grilling or carbon residue. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "It's grilling season: Before firing up that grill, take time to clean," 23 May 2018 The tea kettle The boiling water in a teakettle will kill germs, making this one of the easiest items to manage. Nicole Spector /, NBC News, "The kitchen is the germiest room. Here's how to deep clean everything.," 3 July 2018 This is the pot calling the kettle black, especially after the massive Office of Personnel Management and NSA leaks. WSJ, "Facebook, Personal Data and Common Sense," 17 Apr. 2018 In any event, the time has come to fire up the coffee kettle and hunt for some items of interest. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: CVS tells Azar it is not blocking lower drug prices; pharma sheds lots more jobs in the U.S.," 5 July 2018 SHOP Fruits, vegetables, herbs, teas, bakery, eggs, fish, meats, salad dressings, salsas, jams, honey, cider, kettle corn, gasp. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "21 Things-to-do in Waukesha County in July," 27 June 2018 From the copper tops of the old brewing kettles to heaters repurposed into a chandelier over the entryway, San Antonio brewing history abounds inside this visual gem. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s top 5 breweries," 4 June 2018 Dump half of the chimney’s contents in a heap banked against one side of your kettle. Marian Bull, GQ, "—Peter Meehan, Author Of An Upcoming Barbecue Book And Former Editor Of," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of kettle

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kettle

Middle English ketel, from Old Norse ketill (akin to Old English cietel kettle), both from a prehistoric Germanic word borrowed from Latin catillus, diminutive of catinus bowl

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The first known use of kettle was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of kettle

: a container used for heating or boiling liquid


ket·​tle | \ˈke-tᵊl \

Kids Definition of kettle

1 : a pot for boiling liquids

2 : teakettle

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