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kiln

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Pronunciation: /kɪln
 
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Definition of kiln in English:

noun

A furnace or oven for burning, baking, or drying, especially one for calcining lime or firing pottery.
Example sentences
  • Photographs of winding towers and cooling towers, of silos, lime kilns and blast furnaces, of coal bunkers and gravel plants.
  • The site contains several scheduled monuments, including beehive coking ovens, calcining kilns, blowing engine houses, and a unique lift tower which was used to transport material to the top of the furnaces.
  • In 1987, excavations in the Calle Pureza in Triana, the pottery district of Seville, brought to light a collapsed kiln full of pottery wasters.

Origin

Old English cylene, from Latin culina 'kitchen, cooking stove'.

More
  • The words kiln and culinary (mid 17th century) come from the Latin word culina ‘kitchen, cooking stove’.

Words that rhyme with kiln

Anguillan, Dillon, Dylan, Macmillan, Milne, villain

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