kiln

noun
\ 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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Other Words from kiln

kiln transitive verb

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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.

Examples of kiln in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Minimalists the world round will delight in Tokoname’s rounded clay stone, which has been molded and polished in an ancient kiln in Japan. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The 17 Best Essential Oil Diffusers for a Calm Space and Clear Mind," 4 Jan. 2021 Most are debt laborers like this family, stacking and hauling bricks to pay off their loans to owners of a kiln in southeast India. Nick Nichols, Photography, "Nat Geo’s 21 most compelling images of the 21st century," 8 Dec. 2020 The 400,000 hand-kiln bricks used to construct the home, and almost every brick home in Lowell built before the 1900s, came from Halsted’s own nearby brick making business, Painter said. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, "Historical group asks and community responds as work to restore founder of Lowell’s home continues," 26 Nov. 2020 Marshall Pottery, Marshall – $715,000+ Assistant manager Arturo Gonzalez became trapped in a kiln after making repairs in April 2017. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "These 5 Texas companies received the biggest fines from OSHA," 23 Nov. 2020 Their wood wasn’t kiln-dried, so any original boards will be warped, rotten, or split. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, "The Art of Building the Impossible," 23 Nov. 2020 Dozens of the small beads will be fired in a kiln outside her home on the west side of the Gila River Indian Community and strung together with glass beads and other tiny treasures to form a necklace. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Native regalia reflects tribal cultures and histories: 'You remember where you come from'," 20 Nov. 2020 Dozens of the small beads will be fired in a kiln outside her home in Arizona's Gila River Indian Community, and strung together with glass beads and other tiny treasures to form a necklace. Debra Utacia Krol, USA TODAY, "Native regalia reflects tribal cultures and histories: 'You remember where you come from'," 19 Nov. 2020 Rookwood Pottery unveiled more than 70 one-of-a-kind pieces Thursday to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the company’s first kiln firing on Thanksgiving Day 1880. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, "Rookwood Pottery to auction one-of-a-kind 140th anniversary vases," 19 Nov. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kiln. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for kiln

kiln

noun
How to pronounce kiln (audio) How to pronounce kiln (audio)

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 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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