Definition of kiln in English:


Pronunciation /kiln/ /kɪln/

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  • A furnace or oven for burning, baking, or drying, especially one for calcining lime or firing pottery.

    ‘Photographs of winding towers and cooling towers, of silos, lime kilns and blast furnaces, of coal bunkers and gravel plants.’
    • ‘The site contains several scheduled monuments, including beehive coking ovens, calcining kilns, blowing engine houses, and a unique lift tower which was used to transport material to the top of the furnaces.’
    • ‘In 1987, excavations in the Calle Pureza in Triana, the pottery district of Seville, brought to light a collapsed kiln full of pottery wasters.’
    • ‘Thought to be Anglo-Saxon, this could have been a primitive pottery kiln or a malting oven, used in beer making.’
    • ‘The Workspace includes several electric pottery wheels, electric kilns, a screen printing press, complete woodworking shop, photography lab and a mat cutter.’
    • ‘In segmentary societies, craft production was primarily organized at the household level, and village sites may be found to contain pottery kilns, or slag from metalworking.’
    • ‘The major hole was for the ‘crew’ and the smaller hole was the base for the pottery kiln.’
    • ‘So we were in good spirits as we dropped down towards Normanby, passed scrub of yellow flower and red hip, then a kissing gate, orchard, and a yew hedge sculpted in the shape of pottery kilns.’
    • ‘Pottery jugs from kilns in the Pingsdorf and Badorf area.’
    • ‘About 3,000 family kilns for pottery were destroyed in the quake, and most of the villages were nearly levelled.’
    • ‘Since then, she has studied accountancy, plumbing, served in a whole food shop and cleaned out the kiln at a local pottery.’
    • ‘Skutt has been a leading manufacturer of electric kilns and kiln vent systems for nearly 50 years.’
    • ‘It soon turned into a lime kiln and sent out hot burning vapours.’
    • ‘A number of special features were built into the new ship to facilitate these courses, including a full demonstration kitchen set and the industry's first onboard pottery studio and kilns.’
    • ‘Since the pieces are still quite moist, they must be dried in large ovens, called kilns, before they become hard enough to be packed.’
    • ‘When I at last pulled the pizza from the roasting kiln of the oven I was greeted with something less pizza and more cracker covered with oatmeal.’
    • ‘On balance, however, Mulligan paints a picture of great architectural variety and reveals many hidden treasures such as octagonal boathouses, a gothic mausoleum, old lime kilns, follies and mill buildings.’
    • ‘Skirt the breeding colony of common terns that plunge-dive in the surf, and head out across the sands towards the lime kilns at Beadnell harbour, where you can catch the bus back to Seahouses.’
    • ‘The kilns that calcine the lime used in cement are often natural gas fired.’
    • ‘It is still possible to see the wagon entrance to the quarry at the north-eastern corner and remnants of haulage roads to lime kilns.’

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Burn, bake, or dry in a kiln.

    ‘This maritime flavour is reinforced by the strong peat presence, both in the nearby freshwater source and during the kilning of the malt.’
    • ‘In Vidyaranyapura alone, there are 32 houses that vindicate his philosophy: they are eco-constructions that use building materials from the site - mud bricks that are not kilned - and require no plastering.’
    • ‘This smokiness is maybe a bi-product of the heavily kilned and roasted malts and you get this full flavour at a slightly warmer temperature of 10-12 degrees centigrade.’
    • ‘The colour of dark beers comes from small quantities of malt which are kilned at a high temperature, and has nothing to do with the strength or body of the beer.’
    • ‘Since I charge five dollars for a natural set and six for a glazed or painted set, roughly what I pay for each brick of clay, which'll make at least ten sets, I don't complain too much about having a fee involved in the kilning.’


Old English cylene, from Latin culina ‘kitchen, cooking stove’.