ket·​tle | \ ˈke-tᵊl How to pronounce kettle (audio) \

Definition of kettle

1 : a metallic vessel usually used for boiling liquids especially : teakettle
b : a steep-sided hollow without surface drainage especially in a deposit of glacial drift
4 : a usually large group of raptors (such as hawks or vultures) circling high in the sky on an updraft of warm air … more than 500 birds have been seen riding the same spiraling thermal air current, or "kettle," as they are known to hawk-watchers.— Rick Steelhammer

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Recent Examples on the Web Some basic provisions such as pasta, soup, oatmeal, tea and coffee (single-serve pour over packets for use with the cabin's kettle) are available for purchase. Marnie Hunter, CNN, "Tiny cabins become hot property in pandemic," 29 Apr. 2021 Several staple beers will remain on tap year-round, including IPAs, American pale ale, wheat beers and kettle sours, and the business will regularly introduce new beers to keep things interesting. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "To combine their love of beer and science, two brothers plan to open a West Allis microbrewery," 2 Dec. 2020 The fatigue was visible as teams scaled walls before each competitor had to toss around medicine balls and drag a 90-pound sled and kettle bells. Fox News, "Soldiers from all over square off in grueling 'Best Ranger' competition after pandemic hiatus," 18 Apr. 2021 The majority of charcoal grills will have a kettle shape. Kyle Schurman,, "Charcoal grills vs. electric grills: Which is better?," 14 Apr. 2021 Next to my coffee machine and kettle, my food processor is the kitchen appliance that sees the most use, week after week. Gear Team, Wired, "The 17 Best Weekend Deals on Stand Mixers, PC Gear, and More," 10 Apr. 2021 Shortly after the march began, officers began corralling demonstrators and detaining those within the kettle boundaries. oregonlive, "Progressive groups demand federal investigation into Portland police following kettling during Friday protest," 14 Mar. 2021 This method works for Irish nachos made with thick and crunchy kettle chips, or totchos made with tater tots. Casey Barber, CNN, "Throw the Christmas menu out the window and have a snackapalooza," 21 Dec. 2020 Just over the border in New Hampshire is this unique habitat, known as a quaking kettle-pond bog., "5 boardwalks to elevate the hiking experience," 2 Apr. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Kettle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of kettle

: a container used for heating or boiling liquid


ket·​tle | \ ˈke-tᵊl How to pronounce kettle (audio) \

Kids Definition of kettle

1 : a pot for boiling liquids
2 : teakettle

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