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

  • noun A covered kettle with a spout and handle, used for boiling water, as for tea.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A portable kettle with spout and handle, in which to boil water for making tea and for other uses.

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

  • noun A kettle in which water is boiled for making tea, coffee, etc.

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

  • noun US A vessel for boiling water for tea.

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

  • noun kettle for boiling water to make tea


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  • Tish leaned over and, taking the teakettle from the fire, poured more water into the foot-tub.


  • "The general response to the lawsuits was that it was the pot calling the teakettle black," said Billy Pidgeon, a game analyst with M2Research.

    The Seattle Times

  • A large, heavy-paper funnel is put in the nose of the teakettle which is boiling on the gas range.

    The Mother and Her Child

  • Then, whoever is 'it,' begins to ask questions, and we answer, only we put the word 'teakettle' in place of the real word.

    Cricket at the Seashore

  • I tried to keep my eyes on the road, and not think about my mother, and the day Aunt Caro called me from the carriage house to tell me someone had left the teakettle on all day, ruining the kettle and the stove, nearly setting fire to the whole kitchen.

    The Bird House

  • When you fall down a flight of stairs, it's core that keeps you upright rather than ass over teakettle.

    superstars. blighted ones.

  • Breaking Bad has a way of investing everyday objects — a teakettle, a box cutter, a local car wash — with ominous significance, reminders in a bleak sun-blasted Albuquerque landscape that the wages of sin are messy and a corrupted soul can't be easily cleansed.

    Roush Review: Breaking Bad and Other Weekend Picks

  • The murdered woman's scream sounds like a teakettle.

    it's wonderful. everywhere. so white.

  • I swerved at the last nanosecond and almost pitched myself ass over teakettle.

    Mercy Kill

  • Galina speaking in English was kind of like a teakettle about to explode with steam.

    Welcome to My World


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