from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a vessel having a flat floor.
- n. A hill the outline of which suggests an upturned kettle.
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Gone skinny-dipping in a clear alpine lake in Colorado, a murky kettle-bottom pond in Wisconsin, below the dunes on Cape Cod, with surfers off Oahu.
Built of steel throughout, and for passenger traffic only, she carried no combustible cargo to threaten her destruction by fire; and the immunity from the demand for cargo space had enabled her designers to discard the flat, kettle-bottom of cargo boats and give her the sharp dead-rise -- or slant from the keel -- of a steam yacht, and this improved her behavior in a seaway.
We have shown him what a kettle-bottom can do before the wind, and now let him give us a tow to windward like a generous antagonist.
A ship with her sails loosened and her ensign abroad is always a beautiful object; and the Montauk, a noble New-York-built vessel of seven hundred tons burthen, was a first-class specimen of the "kettle-bottom" school of naval architecture, wanting in nothing that the taste and experience of the day can supply.