from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A perforated iron or tile floor in the chamber of a malt-kiln, through which the heat ascends from the furnace below, and dries the grain laid upon it.
  • noun A floor on which grain is spread to undergo partial germination in the process of malting.
  • noun A charge of grain spread on a floor of a malt-house to undergo partial germination. See malt and malting.


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  • a very considerable distance from the kiln, who left his plough and three horses without a driver, and came into the kiln, which Mr B. thought was rather a suspicious circumstance, as there was nothing extraordinary in an Excise-officer going into a legal malt-floor so as to [induce a man to] leave three horses yoked to a plough in the distant middle of a moor.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 458 Volume 18, New Series, October 9, 1852


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