One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘An apparatus for wet-treating, particularly for dyeing, a fabric in the form of a continuous circulating rope of cloth, comprising a kier for taking up a continuous circulating rope of considerable length.’
- ‘This has been done for example with the warm rinse water in a kier being used to make up the next scour liquor, producing savings on one site of more than 10% in energy.’
Late 16th century: from Old Norse ker ‘container, tub’.
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