• Polly, put the kettle on
    Polly, put the kettle on
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n kettle a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid
    • n kettle a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it
    • n kettle (geology) a hollow (typically filled by a lake) that results from the melting of a mass of ice trapped in glacial deposits
    • n kettle the quantity a kettle will hold
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle fragments, spout, colander fragments, and pot hooks A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle...
Lead and copper pipes, kettle fragments, a brass spigot, and other items found which may have been used for brewing or distilling purposes Lead and copper pipes, kettle fragments, a brass spigot, and other items found which may have been used for brewing...
pan, kettle, potatoes and chicken feet pan, kettle, potatoes and chicken feet

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Until very recently, no centipede was found that did not have an ODD number of leg pairs. Usually the number varies from 15 to 191 pairs, all odd. No one knows why. However, Chris Kettle, a doctoral student in ecology, recently found a centipede with 48 pairs of legs, an even number. The remarkable discovery was presented to the International Congress of Myriapodology in Poland and featured in the science journal Trends in Genetics. Mr. Kettle suspects a genetic mutation is responsible for the even number of leg pairs.
    • n Kettle kĕt"t'l A metallic vessel, with a wide mouth, often without a cover, used for heating and boiling water or other liguids.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Nebraska, It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.
    • n kettle A vessel of iron, copper, tin, or other metal, of various shapes and dimensions, used for boiling or heating water and other liquids, or for cooking vegetables, etc., by boiling. Compare camp-kettle, tea-kettle.
    • n kettle A tin pail. [Local, U. S.] A kettledrum.
    • n kettle figuratively, a cavity or depression suggesting the interior of a kettle. Specifically — A hole in the ground in deep water, in which carp huddle together during winter in a kind of hibernation, In geology, any cavity, large or small, in solid rock or detrital material, which resembles a kettle in form. “The kettle” of the Sierra Nevada is about a mile across the top and 1,600 feet deep. Small cavities worn in rock by the revolutions of a stone in a swift current arc of frequent occurrence, varying from a few inches to several feet in diameter and depth. Cavities of this kind are more commonly known as pot-holes, and sometimes as giants' kettles. (See also blocking-kettle.)
    • n kettle Same as kiddle
    • kettle A variant of kittle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kettle ket′l a vessel of metal, for heating or boiling liquids: a cavity like a kettle in rock, sand, &c.:
    • n Kettle ket′l (Shak.) kettle-drum
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Different kettle of fish - If something is a different kettle of fish, it is very different from the other things referenced.
Kettle of fish - A pretty or fine kettle of fish is a difficult problem or situation.
Pot calling the kettle black - If someone hypocritically criticises a person for something that they themselves do, then it is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. chezzī, kettle, Icel. kati, small ship
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cetel; Ger. kessel, Goth. katils; all perh. from L. catillus, dim. of catinus, a deep cooking-vessel.


In literature:

If we could bring Hrymer's kettle here, what a feast we might have!
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
It was the new maid who brought in the bright tea-kettle at last, and set it on the side of the grate.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
The kettle was by this time boiling.
"The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'" by George Borrow
Soon the kettles were boiling, the salt was made.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Mary said it seemed as if the kettle had been taken off the stove and set out there to cool.
"Little Grandmother" by Sophie May
He will then give way to the copper kettle and tea.
"On the Edge of the Arctic" by Harry Lincoln Sayler
There he found a huge kettle used by the cook for boiling beef.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
The first and most important of the necessary utensils were the huge iron and brass kettles for boiling.
"Indian Child Life" by Charles A. Eastman
Soon a gush of comfortable steam made the lid of the kettle dance.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
They'd tied a tin-kettle to the brute's tail, and were doing their best to drown him.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon

In poetry:

Which pudding of the largest size,
Into the kettle thrown,
Made all the rest to fly thereout,
As with a whirlwind blown :
"The Life And Death Of Tom Thumb" by Anonymous British
Mother's knitting at the door,
Waiting till the kettle sings;
When the kettle's song is o'er
She will set the bright tea-things.
"Cottage-Songs" by George MacDonald
We had a kettle: we let it leak:
Our not repairing it made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week. . .
The bottom is out of the Universe!
"Natural Theology" by Rudyard Kipling
We reft our living from the soil,
And I was shieling bred;
My father's hands were warped with toil,
And crooked with grace he said.
My mother made the kettle boil
As spinning wheel she fed.
"My Ancestors" by Robert W Service
A kettle sings
A comfortin' song of kindly things.
Two purl an' two plain.
I wonder who'll wear these mittens. Whether
It'll be a lad who wur reared nigh heather. .. .
Two purl an' two plain.
"Mrs. Buffey Knitting" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
The farmer bids men bring more hives
To house the profit that arrives;
Prepares on pan and key and kettle,
Sweet music that shall make 'em settle;
But when to crown the work he goes,
Gods! What a stink salutes his nose!
"The Bees and Flies" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

'Red kettle campaign' reaches half-way mark for Guernsey County.
Foothill's Brian Troncale takes the ball down court against Pleasant Valley's Reece Kettle.
Temperatures were in the teens when Jeremy Lilyquist and Derek Gilbert hung their red kettle outside Hudson County Market in Hudson , Wis. And prepared for a very long -- and cold -- night.
Kettle Moraine Lutheran gets over hump , makes state.
Salvation Army's iconic kettles now credit ready.
Kettle said she does infusions for chemotherapy and to treat rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease most often.
Kettle said the recliners in the room are a favorite of patients.
"People just love them," Kettle said.
Kettle said recliners are OK with most people because it's not a bed, but it's still comfortable.
With a suggested retail price of $49.99, the Kettle Corn Maker is available at Bed Bath & Beyond just in time for the holidays.
He's the keeper of the kettle: Washington County Roundup.
Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign needs your help.
For the Salvation Army, the kettle campaign is its largest fundraiser of the year.
He's the keeper of the kettle : Washington County Roundup.
The Kettles Lake Club, set within the wooded landscape of the moraine, combines urban and suburban settings.

In science:

Space-time with its denial of place and time really makes the universe a mystery, non-objective and non-classical – just how can we talk of the independent existence of an event if it is dependent on the measurement? The pot is calling the kettle black.
Secure Quantum Communication and Superluminal Signalling on the Bell Channel
Jason’s shoe-lace and the heating of the kettle.
A Question of Self-consistent Semifactuality