a metal container in which to boil liquids, cook foods, etc.; pot.
Geology, kettle hole.

before 900; Middle English ketel < Old Norse ketillLatin catillus, diminutive of catīnus pot; replacing Old English cetel, cietelLatin as above; compare German Kessel Unabridged
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kettle (ˈkɛtəl)
1.  a metal or plastic container with a handle and spout for boiling water
2.  any of various metal containers for heating liquids, cooking fish, etc
3.  a large metal vessel designed to withstand high temperatures, used in various industrial processes such as refining and brewing
4.  short for kettle hole
[C13: from Old Norse ketill; related to Old English cietel kettle, Old High German kezzil; all ultimately from Latin catillus a little pot, from catīnus pot]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. cetil (Mercian), from L. catillus "deep pan or dish for cooking," dim. of catinus "bowl, dish, pot." A general Gmc. borrowing (cf. O.S. ketel, O.Fris. zetel, M.Du. ketel, O.H.G. kezzil, Ger. Kessel). Spelling with a -k- (c.1300) probably is from infl. of O.N. cognate ketill. The smaller sense of
"tea-kettle" is 20c. Kettledrum is from 1542.
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Science Dictionary
kettle   (kět'l)  Pronunciation Key 
A steep, bowl-shaped hollow in ground once covered by a glacier. Kettles are believed to form when a block of ice left by a glacier becomes covered by sediments and later melts, leaving a hollow. They are usually tens of meters deep and up to tens of kilometers in diameter and often contain surface water.
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Kettle definition

a large pot for cooking. The same Hebrew word (dud, "boiling") is rendered also "pot" (Ps. 81:6), "caldron" (2 Chr. 35:13), "basket" (Jer. 24:2). It was used for preparing the peace-offerings (1 Sam. 2:13, 14).

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