\ˈkiln, ˈkil \

Definition of kiln 

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

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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.

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The uncommon architectural trend was the result of a Middle Ages boom in salt production, whose reliance on kilns stripped the island of its trees. Instead of wood, people built homes with seaweed thatched roofs and driftwood. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Renovated seaweed cottage can be yours for $414K," 22 June 2018 An art studio, complete with kiln, has taken shape in what was the garage over the past few years. Steve Bennett, San Antonio Express-News, "1917 Sears bungalow in Beacon Hill home to artist couple, Chairman Maos," 11 June 2018 The tile was studied in three different laboratories, according to Solari, who believes that the Italian Renaissance master used a pottery kiln owned by his grandparents to produce the tile. James Rogers, Fox News, "Leonardo da Vinci's earliest work discovered?," 22 June 2018 The malting floor is an old-school operation in which barley is spread out to germinate before being kiln-dried. Jonah Flicker, USA TODAY, "Explore four scenic distilleries in the U.K.," 22 June 2018 The machine works like this: the upper part is essentially a kiln, where glass is loaded in and heated up to 1,900°F. Jake Swearingen, Popular Mechanics, "MIT Creates a 3D Printer for Glass," 21 Aug. 2015 Pearl ash, made by baking potash in a kiln, was used as a leavening agent in breads before the creation of baking powder. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Take a Look at the 10 Millionth U.S. Patent (And the First)," 20 June 2018 La Chamba Black Clay 6 Quart Flat Casserole A traditional kiln-firing, that includes smoking the pots in smouldering organic materials, gives this unglazed baking dish from Colombia its deep black color and, many swear, a smoky flavor. Nidhi Chaudhry, Good Housekeeping, "The Best All-Natural Clay Pots For Healthy Home Cooking," 14 June 2017 In 1800, the Adamses moved into the middle of a construction site that included huts, brick kilns and holes dug for clay bricks. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Historian’s got the dirt on what presidents used to grow," 1 June 2018

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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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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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