from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various ovens for hardening, burning, or drying substances such as grain, meal, or clay, especially a brick-lined oven used to bake or fire ceramics.
- transitive v. To process in one of these ovens.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An oven or furnace or a heated chamber, for the purpose of hardening, burning, calcining or drying anything; for example, firing ceramics, curing or preserving tobacco, or smelting ores.
- v. To bake in a kiln.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large stove or oven; a furnace of brick or stone, or a heated chamber, for the purpose of hardening, burning, or drying anything
- n. A furnace for burning bricks; a brickkiln.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A furnace or oven for drying, baking, or burning.
- To dry or burn in a kiln.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a furnace for firing or burning or drying such things as porcelain or bricks
Middle English kilne, from Old English cyln, from Latin culīna, kitchen, stove.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English kilne, from Old English cylene or cyline ("large oven"), from Latin culina ("kitchen, kitchen stove"), introduced by the Romans to England in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. (Wiktionary)