\ 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 There are little western houses — one is an art studio, another a workshop with kilns for artisan pottery — and there’s a big barn with a bar in it. Brianne Tracy,, "Farrah Abraham Was the 'Best Man' at Dad Michael's Toga-Themed Wedding — All the Details!," 14 Oct. 2019 A dozen animals grazed in front of a row of several red brick charcoal kilns, built 130 years ago. Joshua Berman, The Know, "Vacation with mountain lions, bobcats and bison only four hours away from Denver," 27 Dec. 2019 The third experiment, launched last November tested how well the seeds would steep, germinate, and kiln, according to Food and Wine. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Home Brewing Is Hard. Space Brewing Is Harder.," 5 Dec. 2019 Cement • Sources: Producing cement’s main ingredient, called clinker, involves heating limestone in a kiln, where carbon trapped in the stone combines with oxygen and is released as CO2. Washington Post, "What Decarbonization Means for Cows, Steel and Cement," 1 Oct. 2019 Some plastic waste, if properly sorted and classified, is already being used in the region as a raw material for high-end manufacturing and as a replacement for fossil fuels in cement kilns, among other uses. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Recyclers Cringe as Southeast Asia Says It’s Sick of the West’s Trash," 7 June 2019 Fresh wood is stacked to dry, or put in a kiln if there’s a rush order. Deborah Storey | For, al, "Huntsville shop sells artisan wood products nationwide," 25 Nov. 2019 But India's 140,000 brick kilns also have an environmental cost. Anna Fletcher, CNN, "Indian student creates a brick made from recycled plastic," 25 Nov. 2019 Across the Paraguayan Chaco, large brick kilns located off of main roads slowly bake the wood cleared from nearby forests, transforming it into charcoal that fuels weekend cookouts worldwide. Joel E. Correia, The Conversation, "South America’s second-largest forest is also burning – and ‘environmentally friendly’ charcoal is subsidizing its destruction," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

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“Kiln.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kiln

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


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Kids Definition of kiln

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

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