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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This 18-inch kettle has 240 square inches of cooking space, a convenient damper for smoking, and a large volume when your meal calls for decidedly faster cooking. Jeff Csatari, Popular Mechanics, "Master the Art of Barbecue with One of These Six Awesome Smokers," 30 Aug. 2019 Measure juice into large preserving kettle and boil 10 minutes., "Need to know if a fruit is safe to eat? Ask an expert," 23 Aug. 2019 After all, two works in the exhibition — a tea kettle without a handle, and a trio of lemons — are the results of study with Daniel Sprick for the past two years. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Denver Art Museum’s star curator, Timothy Standring, throws a show of his own work," 5 Aug. 2019 After scoring in a 2016 game, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott jumped into a Salvation Army kettle. Marc Bona,, "Shotgunning a beer: What’s the value of Baker Mayfield’s video?," 5 Aug. 2019 In the distance, a kettle of vultures circle in the sky. Ken Geiger, National Geographic, "Why walking safaris are the best way to see wildlife," 17 June 2019 On tap: Box Car American pale ale, with notes of grapefruit, orange and pine; Golden Spike, a double India pale ale punched with tropical pineapple flavors; and Life on the Rind, a watermelon and lime kettle sour ale infused with vanilla bean. Phillip Valys,, "Warehouse District: How West Palm Beach’s newest nightlife village found suds, spirits and ‘soul’," 6 June 2019 Young men, about to go to war, had written their names in pencil on the whitewashed walls of the Thunderbox Room; there was a pets’ graveyard, a pioneering kiwi-fruit vine, a head gardener’s tea kettle, and a pineapple pit, heated with fresh manure. Charlotte Mendelson, The New Yorker, "The Stunning Grounds, and Tragic History, of the Lost Gardens of Heligan," 2 Aug. 2019 Presumably home design enthusiasts are going to be excited about scoring one of those late ’90s Michael Graves Seussian tea kettles. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Lilly Pulitzer, Missoni, Jason Wu, and more Target collaborations are coming back to the big-box store.," 1 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce kettle (audio) \

Kids Definition of kettle

1 : a pot for boiling liquids
2 : teakettle

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