Definitions for kettleˈkɛt l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ket•tleˈkɛt l(n.)

  1. a container, usu. of metal, in which to boil liquids, cook foods, etc.; pot.

  2. Ref: teakettle.

  3. Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: kettledrum

  4. Category: Geology

    Ref: kettle hole.

  5. a gathering of soaring birds, as vultures, utilizing circular updrafts of warm air to gain elevation.

    Category: Animal Husbandry, Ornithology

Origin of kettle:

1300–50; ME ketel < ON ketill, c. OE c(i)etel, OHG kezzil, Go katils蠐 L catillus, dim. of catīnus pot

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kettle, boiler(noun)

    a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid

  2. kettle, kettleful(noun)

    the quantity a kettle will hold

  3. 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

  4. 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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. kettle(noun)ˈkɛt l

    a teakettle


  1. kettle(Noun)

    A vessel for boiling a liquid or cooking food, usually metal and equipped with a lid.

  2. kettle(Noun)

    The quantity held by a kettle.

  3. kettle(Noun)

    A vessel for boiling water for tea; a teakettle.

    Stick the kettle on and we'll have a nice cup of tea.

  4. kettle(Noun)

    A pothole.

  5. kettle(Noun)

    A group of airborne hawks riding a thermal.

  6. kettle(Noun)

    A steam locomotive

  7. kettle(Noun)

    A kettledrum.

  8. kettle(Noun)

    A kettle hole.

  9. kettle(Verb)

    To contain demonstrators in a confined area.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kettle(noun)

    a metallic vessel, with a wide mouth, often without a cover, used for heating and boiling water or other liguids


  1. Kettle

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kettle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3085

Translations for kettle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a metal pot, usually with a special part for pouring and a lid, for heating liquids

a kettle full of boiling water.

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