from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A metal pot, usually with a lid, for boiling or stewing.
  • n. A teakettle.
  • n. Music A kettledrum.
  • n. Geology A depression left in a mass of glacial drift, formed by the melting of an isolated block of glacial ice.
  • n. A pothole.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vessel for boiling a liquid or cooking food, usually metal and equipped with a lid.
  • n. The quantity held by a kettle.
  • n. A vessel for boiling water for tea; a teakettle.
  • n. A kettle hole, sometimes any pothole.
  • n. A collective term for a group of raptors riding a thermal, especially when migrating.
  • n. A steam locomotive
  • n. A kettledrum.
  • v. To contain demonstrators in a confined area.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A variant of kittle.
  • n. A vessel of iron, copper, tin, or other metal, of various shapes and dimensions, used for boiling or heating water and other liquids, or for cooking vegetables, etc., by boiling. Compare camp-kettle, tea-kettle.
  • n. A tin pail. [Local, U. S.] A kettledrum.
  • n. figuratively, a cavity or depression suggesting the interior of a kettle.
  • n. Same as kiddle

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it
  • n. the quantity a kettle will hold
  • n. a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid
  • n. (geology) a hollow (typically filled by a lake) that results from the melting of a mass of ice trapped in glacial deposits


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English ketel, from Old Norse ketill and Old English cetel, both from Latin catīllus, diminutive of catīnus, large bowl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English ketel, also chetel, from Old Norse ketill and Old English cytel, cetel, citel ("kettle, cauldron"), both from Proto-Germanic *katilaz (“kettle, bucket, vessel”), of uncertain origin and formation. Usually regarded as a borrowing of Late Latin catīllus ("small bowl"), diminutive of catinus ("deep bowl, vessel for cooking up or serving food"), however, the word may be Germanic confused with the Latin: compare Old High German chezzi ("a kettle, dish, bowl"), Old English cete ("cooking pot"), Icelandic kati, ketla ("a small boat"). Cognate with West Frisian tsjettel ("kettle"), Dutch ketel ("kettle"), German Kessel ("kettle"), Swedish kittel ("kettle"), Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐍄𐌹𐌻𐍃 (katils, "kettle"). Compare also Russian котёл (kotjól, "boiler, cauldron").



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    April 17, 2009

  • Especially hawks.

    April 16, 2009

  • “A kettle is a term that birdwatchers use to describe a group of birds wheeling and circling in the air.”

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