from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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 verb To process in one of these ovens.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To dry or burn in a kiln.
  • noun A furnace or oven for drying, baking, or burning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A large stove or oven; a furnace of brick or stone, or a heated chamber, for the purpose of hardening, burning, or drying anything
  • noun A furnace for burning bricks; a brickkiln.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • verb To bake in a kiln.

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

  • noun a furnace for firing or burning or drying such things as porcelain or bricks


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

[Middle English kilne, from Old English cyln, from Latin culīna, kitchen, stove; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


  • A further development of traditional smoking techniques is the adoption of the West African banda kiln known as the “Ivory Coast kiln”.

    Chapter 6

  • Without the kiln, which is designed to reach the perfect temperature to cause the clay to harden, the piece of clay would remain useless.

    Babes with a Beatitude

  • The operation of a vertical-shaft kiln, which is the heart of the process, is such that negligible emission takes place as the shaft kiln itself acts as an effective filter.

    9.1 Dust-generation sources and characteristics

  • Before beginning to build a field kiln, which is sometimes called a scove kiln, it is necessary to know the following:

    Chapter 8

  • The colour inside the kiln is a good indicator of the temperature.

    2. Kilns

  • The top surface of the kiln is a flat steel sheet made by flattening old oil drums.

    Chapter 9

  • The fabrication of the kiln is a skilled operation, and so is the firing process.

    Chapter 8

  • The latter is a capital-intensive, large-scale continuous kiln, which is outside the scope of this memorandum. 1 Continuous kilns utilise heat from the cooling bricks to pre-heat green bricks and combustion air, or to dry bricks before they are put into the kiln.

    Chapter 10

  • High ground is selected for the site of the kiln, which is a rectangular wooden chamber 1.8 m high and open at the top.

    Chapter 5

  • It was found, however, that the flour of maize invariably rotted in a tropical voyage, and thereupon the commodity known as kiln-dried corn was invented at the Brandywine Mills: two hundred bushels would be dried per day on brick floors, and be thought a large amount, though the "pan-kiln" now in use dries two thousand in the same time.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 25, April, 1873


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