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
Etymology: [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.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The brass or metal box of a compass.
A type of appliance and product created and designed in various colors, components, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.
Kettles are used mainly to boil water to make a hot drink or to use the hot water for another purpose.Submitted by MaryC on February 21, 2017
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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
Examples of kettle in a Sentence
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.
They provide raw rice to cook, the rice that they stole from the shops. They provide a kettle and ... scarves to cover up the women, people are going hungry. They are only feeding on corn and squash. No meat, nothing like that. The insurgents are not providing anything else.
For none of us can ever express the exact measure of his needs or his thoughts or his sorrows; and human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
I would say that the pot calling the kettle black is not something that we should do, i don't know what members, if any, have had any problems with substance abuse, been busted in DUI, I don't know. But if I did, I wouldn't raise it against anyone on this committee. I don't think it's proper. I think we have got to get back down to what is most important here.
Our traditional red kettle campaign, a symbol of Christmas and Americans caring for one another, is going to be increasingly difficult this year, we believe that Christmas for millions of Americans is at risk.
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Translations for kettle
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- 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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