kettle definition

  • noun:
    • A metal pot, generally with a lid, for boiling or stewing.
    • A teakettle.
    • Music A kettledrum.
    • Geology A depression left in scores of glacial drift, formed because of the melting of an isolated block of glacial ice.
    • A pothole.
    • A vessel for boiling a liquid or preparing food, generally steel and built with a lid.
    • the amount held by a kettle.
    • A vessel for boiling water for tea; a teakettle.
    • A kettle opening, occasionally any pothole.
    • A collective term for a group of raptors operating a thermal, particularly when migrating.
    • A steam locomotive
    • A kettledrum.
    • A metallic vessel, with an extensive mouth, frequently without a cover, utilized for heating and boiling water or other liguids.
    • A vessel of iron, copper, tin, or other material, of varied forms and proportions, used for boiling or warming liquid and other liquids, and for cooking vegetables, etc., by boiling. Compare camp-kettle, tea-kettle.
    • A tin pail. [neighborhood, U. S.] A kettledrum.
    • figuratively, a cavity or despair recommending the inside of a kettle.
    • Same as kiddle
    • a sizable hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by modifying the tension on it
    • the amount a kettle will hold
    • a metal cooking pot for stewing or boiling; frequently has actually a lid
    • (geology) a hollow (typically filled by a lake) that results through the melting of quite a few ice trapped in glacial build up
  • verb:
    • To contain demonstrators in a confined location.
  • others:
    • A variant of kittle.

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