[syn: kettle, kettledrum, tympanum, tympani, timpani]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Kettle \Ket"tle\ (k[e^]t"t'l), n. [OE. ketel; cf. AS. cetel,
cetil, cytel; akin to D. kjedel, G. kessel, OHG. chezzil,
Icel. ketill, SW. kittel, Dan. kjedel, Goth. katils; all
perh. fr. L. catillus, dim. of catinus a deep vessel, bowl;
but cf. also OHG. chezz[imac] kettle, Icel. kati small ship.]
A metallic vessel, with a wide mouth, often without a cover,
used for heating and boiling water or other liguids.
Kettle pins, ninepins; skittles. [Obs.] --Shelton.
Kettle stitch (Bookbinding), the stitch made in sewing at
the head and tail of a book. --Knight.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid [syn:
2: the quantity a kettle will hold [syn: kettle, kettleful]
3: (geology) a hollow (typically filled by a lake) that results
from the melting of a mass of ice trapped in glacial deposits
[syn: kettle hole, kettle]
4: a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument
with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on
it [syn: kettle, kettledrum, tympanum, tympani,
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
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).