\ ˈkiln How to pronounce kiln (audio) , ˈkil How to pronounce kiln (audio) \

Definition of kiln

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

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The word kiln was kindled in Old English as a bundle of c-y-l-n. 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, which has been a menu option in English since the 17th century. An ingredient in culina is coquere, meaning "to cook" in Latin.

Examples of kiln in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Berrow took up ceramics in early 2020 while on lockdown at her mother’s house in Dorset; her mother, Miranda, is also a ceramist, so Berrow availed herself of her earthenware, kiln and high-sheen glazes. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 The gongs are bent and formed by hand in several stages before being hardened at temperatures up to 1,652 degrees Fahrenheit before being cleaned and reheated in a 932-degree kiln, which gives the metal its superior sound. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 24 Jan. 2022 The enameling requires a firing process in a kiln at 1,292 degrees to 1,382 degrees to achieve the various colors in multiple layers. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2022 Heavy terra-cotta jugs with shapely spouts, full of cold water, were delivered to tables with matching tumblers that still bore a whiff of the kiln. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2022 It is typically made in a kiln using limestone, clay and other minerals. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 The cube was cast at a foundry in Aarau, Switzerland, in a special handmade kiln built to hold both the volume of the gold and the box's large size. Dave Quinn,, 5 Feb. 2022 Preston and others brushed sawdust from the lumber — in this case, ash — and loaded it into a room-sized kiln to dry. Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2022 This red earth suggests that the area was once used for something involving lots of heat, like a foundry, a bakery, or a kiln. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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\ ˈkiln How to pronounce kiln (audio) , ˈkil \

Kids Definition of kiln

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

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