\ 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web There are pagodas and stupas, ancient wells, ceramic kilns, walls and water gates, and canals and lakes. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, "The Hidden City of Myanmar," 21 Nov. 2019 First, fossil fuels are typically burned to heat the kiln to the high temperatures required to break the materials down, emitting carbon in the process. Marcello Rossi, Quartz, "Scientists are taking concrete steps towards reducing cement’s massive carbon footprint," 15 Nov. 2019 This was followed two days later by the killing in Pulwama district of Sethi Kumar Sagar, a brick kiln labourer from Chhattisgarh in central India. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "India’s Article 370 gambit has created a new arena of violence: Kashmir’s apple orchards," 29 Oct. 2019 Firing the kilns required for this process is very energy intensive, but the process itself also releases CO2 from its starting materials. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Splitting water to make cement could clean up a dirty industry," 17 Sep. 2019 The dominant type of cement out there is called Portland cement, which is formed by combining calcium oxide with silica in a kiln at an even higher temperature. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Splitting water to make cement could clean up a dirty industry," 17 Sep. 2019 Sacramento Bee Built in 1833, this historic building reportedly served as the site of California’s first newspaper, Monterey’s first bakery and the city’s first pottery kiln. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Verdict in Ghost Ship trial brings more pain and frustration for families," 6 Sep. 2019 The building has collected several firsts over the years, including being the site of California’s first newspaper, Monterey’s first bakery and the city’s first pottery kiln. Dennis L Taylor, The Mercury News, "‘Haunted’ Monterey adobe hits market for $3.35 million," 5 Sep. 2019 Ruby and Schiff bought the house next door, too, and put in a pool and a family art studio with kilns, where Ruby makes ceramics with the kids. Christina Binkley, The New Yorker, "Sterling Ruby’s Mixed Media," 2 Sep. 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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24 Nov 2019

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“Kiln.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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