\ 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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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 Cement makers are responsible for about 7 percent of global carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere every year, with copious volumes entering via limestone kilns needed to produce the material. Kevin Orland,, "Builders are swapping cement for hemp to reduce pollution," 30 Aug. 2019 But the process still needs an energy source for that kiln-heating step—and there's still CO2 released by the reaction. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Splitting water to make cement could clean up a dirty industry," 17 Sep. 2019 There is a chamber where six dumpster-size kilns produce molten-looking ceramic vessels, some as big as hot tubs. Christina Binkley, The New Yorker, "Sterling Ruby’s Mixed Media," 2 Sep. 2019 And the First-Time Metalsmithing class introduces participants to the basics — soldering, fusing, kiln casting and enameling. Darcel Rockett,, "8 Chicago-area classes for adults to take when the kids go back to school, from cooking to filmmaking," 21 Aug. 2019 Mercury, lead and other toxic air pollutants would be released during a rotary kiln process to recover zinc and iron. USA TODAY, "Charlottesville remembered, drive-thru ban, ketchup karma: News from around our 50 states," 13 Aug. 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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English Language Learners Definition of kiln

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


\ ˈkiln How to pronounce kiln (audio) , ˈkil\

Kids Definition of kiln

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

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