• enPR: kĕt'(ə)l, IPA: /ˈkɛ.təl/, [ˈkʰɛtᵊɫ̩]
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɛ.təl/, [ˈkʰɛɾɫ̩]
  • (dated, regional US) IPA: /ˈkɪtl̩/

kettle (plural kettles)

  1. A vessel for boiling a liquid or cooking food, usually metal and equipped with a lid.
    To cook pasta, you first need to put the kettle on.
    There's a hot kettle of soup on the stove.
  2. The quantity held by a kettle.
  3. (British) A vessel for boiling water for tea; a teakettle.
    Stick the kettle on and we'll have a nice cup of tea.
  4. (geology) A kettle hole, sometimes any pothole.
  5. anchor Raptors(ornithology, collective) A collective term for a group of raptors riding a thermal, especially when migrating.
    • 2006, Keith L. Bildstein, Migrating Raptors of the World: Their Ecology & Conservation - Page 76:
      The term kettle refers to a group of raptors wheeling or circling in a thermal.
    • 2010, Jean-Luc E. Cartron, Raptors of New Mexico:
      Kettles can consist of thousands of birds migrating together.
  6. (rail transport, slang) A steam locomotive
  7. (musical instruments) A kettledrum.
  8. An instance of kettling; a group of protesters or rioters confined in a limited area.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: котёл

kettle (kettles, present participle kettling; past and past participle kettled)

  1. (British, of the police) To contain demonstrators in a confined area.
    • 2009, John O'Connor, G20: The upside of kettling, The Guardian :
      […] to contain demonstrators for hours in a confined spot. This tactic, known as kettling, is seen by some as an attempt to prevent people lawfully demonstrating.

kettle (plural kettles)

  1. Alternative form of kiddle

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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