Definition of kiln
: an oven, furnace, or heated enclosure used for processing a substance by burning, firing, or drying
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Recent Examples of kiln from the Web
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.
Usful also is selling its equipment and office furniture, including a laser etcher, lapidary, kiln, fire polish machine, tile saw, ladder, commercial dishwasher, office chairs, desk, cubical walls and shelving, refrigerator and microwave.
The facility can produce up to 420 dry tons per day of fertilizer pellets, a nutrient source used by farms on their fields or as an alternative, renewable fuel source for facilities such as power plants or cement kilns.
There’s no potter’s wheel or kiln, just swift, precise movements of her fingers.
Ruff said the explanations printed in the field guide include interesting facts such as how recycled cooking oil gathered from area restaurants is used to fuel the kilns fired to bake and glaze the molded pottery on display.
Mother and child can create two hearts that will be fired in a kiln and ready for pickup by Mother’s Day.
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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
: a furnace or oven in which something (as pottery) is hardened, burned, or dried
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