kiln

noun
\ ˈkiln, ˈkil \

Definition of kiln

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

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Kiln has been a part of the English language for over 1,000 years, its first known use in Old English (as "cyline") dating back to the early 700s. Unlike many words that descend from Old English, however, "kiln" is not ultimately Germanic in origin but was borrowed from Latin culina, meaning "kitchen," an ancestor of the English word culinary. In the 14th century, speakers of Middle English began to drop the "n" at the end of the word, and even to this day some English speakers pronounce "kiln" so that it rhymes with "mill." In fact, like "kiln," "mill" (from Late Latin molina) was originally spelled and pronounced with a terminal "n." Unlike "mill," however, "kiln" has retained the final "n" in spelling, if not always in pronunciation.

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Some of these places only fire up the kiln once a year. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Highlights From a Michelin-Starred Restaurant’s Extraordinary Plate Collection," 24 Sep. 2018 Both young and old use the art room's kiln to bake pottery. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, "At One Inspiring Boston-Area High School, Students and Seniors Learn Together," 15 Oct. 2015 Now, brand new electric kilns allow them to now finish almost 2,000 pieces a week, all of which are more minimal and refined in feel. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Asheville, the Arts-Filled City Where Pottery Is Thriving," 23 Nov. 2018 Some areas recycle tires by using them as supplementary fuel in cement kilns. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment," 9 Oct. 2018 The combined company quickly added a second shift to a mill in Ola, Ark., and a more efficient kiln for drying wood at another mill. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It Didn’t Work.," 9 Oct. 2018 Note: None of the advice below applies to the netting- or plastic-wrapped bundles of firewood sold in stores and marked kiln-dried or heat-treated. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "8 Kinds of Wood That You Should Absolutely Never Burn," 13 July 2018 The park, by the way, is named for the businessman who once owned this forest and used the redwoods (fortunately not all of them) to fuel lime kilns. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Happy Earth Day! Five redwood parks you've never heard of — and why you should go," 20 Apr. 2018 The uncommon architectural trend was the result of a Middle Ages boom in salt production, whose reliance on kilns stripped the island of its trees. Instead of wood, people built homes with seaweed thatched roofs and driftwood. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Renovated seaweed cottage can be yours for $414K," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of kiln

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kiln

Middle English kilne, from Old English cyln, from Latin culina kitchen, from coquere to cook — more at cook

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kiln

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kiln

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

kiln

noun
\ ˈkiln, ˈkil\

Kids Definition of kiln

: a furnace or oven in which something (as pottery) is hardened, burned, or dried

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