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Recent Examples of kiln from the Web
All three townships had big deposits of limestone, which required firewood to produce burnt lime in kilns.
File formats evolve, or go obsolete, a new-media equivalent of a broken kiln.
The Native American burial mounds are on the National Register of Historic Places and Mariemont wants Tankersley to help the village get other landmarks such as the whiskey distillery/kiln on the national register, too.
I was stationed on one side of the kiln that had a round opening the size of two fists.
Beauty nerds know that clay ain't just for pre-schoolers or the kiln.
Truly an educator, Gerwin values the interaction that comes with the woodburning kiln process.
Many were artists from the Kent area, who, once a year, use Brown’s anagama kiln.
The center will also have a kiln for firing pottery.
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Did You Know?
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.
KILN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kiln for English Language Learners
: an oven or furnace that is used for hardening, burning, or drying something (such as pottery)
KILN Defined for Kids
Definition of kiln for Students
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