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[kil, kiln] /kɪl, kɪln/
a furnace or oven for burning, baking, or drying something, especially one for firing pottery, calcining limestone, or baking bricks.
verb (used with object)
to burn, bake, or treat in a kiln.
Origin of kiln
before 900; Middle English kiln(e), Old English cylen < Latin culīna kitchen
Related forms
unkilned, adjective
Can be confused
kill, kiln. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kiln
  • The piece is fired in a kiln multiple times to melt and solidify the enamel, and finally it is polished to a lustrous shine.
  • Alongside them were pitchers that seemed deliberately twisted and vases warped as if melted in the kiln.
  • Small children then loaded the unbaked bricks onto donkey carts to carry to the kiln.
  • Stroll to the antiques shops on the central square or buy pottery from the on-site kiln.
  • They had their potter's wheel and their small electric kiln shipped to them.
  • The cut clay was run between two homemade plaster dies and then baked in a kiln.
  • Home is a small room made of bricks, on the edge of the kiln.
  • At a brick kiln she uncovers violence and desperation.
  • The streaked vessels have tiny blowholes, which prevented explosions in the kiln.
  • It involves allegations that officials ignored kiln-owners' use of abducted boys to perform dangerous work.
British Dictionary definitions for kiln


a large oven for burning, drying, or processing something, such as porcelain or bricks
(transitive) to fire or process in a kiln
Word Origin
Old English cylen, from Late Latin culīna kitchen, from Latin coquere to cook
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Word Origin and History for kiln

Old English cyln, cylen "kiln, oven," from Latin culina "kitchen, cooking stove," unexplained variant of coquere "to cook" (see cook (n.)). Old Norse kylna, Welsh cilin probably are from English.

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