a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid
the quantity a kettle will hold
kettle hole, kettle(noun)
(geology) a hollow (typically filled by a lake) that results from the melting of a mass of ice trapped in glacial deposits
kettle, kettledrum, tympanum, tympani, timpani(noun)
a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it
A vessel for boiling a liquid or cooking food, usually metal and equipped with a lid.
The quantity held by a kettle.
A vessel for boiling water for tea; a teakettle.
Stick the kettle on and we'll have a nice cup of tea.
A group of airborne hawks riding a thermal.
A steam locomotive
A kettle hole.
To contain demonstrators in a confined area.
a metallic vessel, with a wide mouth, often without a cover, used for heating and boiling water or other liguids
Origin: [OE. ketel; cf. AS. cetel, cetil, cytel; akin to D. kjedel, G. kessel, OHG. chezzil, Icel. ketill, SW. kittel, Dan. kjedel, Goth. katils; all perh. fr. L. catillus, dim. of catinus a deep vessel, bowl; but cf. also OHG. chezz kettle, Icel. kati small ship.]
A kettle, sometimes called a tea kettle or teakettle, is a type of pot, typically metal, specialized for boiling water over a heat source, with a lid, spout and handle, or a small kitchen appliance of similar shape that functions in a self-contained manner. Kettles can be heated either by placing on a stove, or by their own internal electric heating element in the appliance versions.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ket′l, n. a vessel of metal, for heating or boiling liquids: a cavity like a kettle in rock, sand, &c.: (Shak.) kettle-drum.—ns. Kett′le-drum, a musical instrument now used chiefly in orchestras and in cavalry bands, consisting of a hollow brass hemisphere with a parchment head, sounded by soft-headed elastic drumsticks: a tea-party; Kett′le-drum′mer; Kett′le-hold′er, a little mat, &c., for holding a kettle when hot.—n.pl. Kett′le-pins, skittle-pins.—A kettle of fish, or A pretty kettle of fish, a task of great difficulty, an awkward mess—most probably in this sense connected with kiddle. [A.S. cetel; Ger. kessel, Goth. katils; all perh. from L. catillus, dim. of catinus, a deep cooking-vessel.]
A type of vessel and product created and designed in various colors, components, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles, used for a variety of purposes.
Kettles are used mainly to boil water to make a hot drink or to use the hot water for another purpose.
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'kettle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3085
The numerical value of kettle in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of kettle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The pot calls the kettle black.
Questions about the policy landscape are entirely legitimate, it’s a different kettle of fish.
Next thing I know, my kettle is running down the road. I tried to chase him down, he was just too fast.
The human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out a tune for a dancing bear, when we hope with our music to move the stars.
Problem drinkers are a whole different kettle of fish, serious heavy drinkers have disruptive relationships with people, particularly their partners. That’s an important issue that should be looked at going forward.
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Translations for kettle
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- calderaCatalan, Valencian
- Kochtopf, KesselGerman
- κατσαρόλα, χύτραGreek
- kattilallinen, pannullinen, kattila, parviFinnish
- tsjettelWestern Frisian
- coireScottish Gaelic
- kazán, vízforralóHungarian
- cucuma, bollitoreItalian
- чайнек, казанKyrgyz
- чајник, котлеMacedonian
- chaleira, bulePortuguese
- ка̀зан, ча̑јнӣк, ко̀тао, čȃjnīk, kòtao, kàzanSerbo-Croatian
- ketleleSouthern Sotho
- kawa, takureTagalog
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