Definition of kiln in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It soon turned into a lime kiln and sent out hot burning vapours.’
    • ‘Skutt has been a leading manufacturer of electric kilns and kiln vent systems for nearly 50 years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thought to be Anglo-Saxon, this could have been a primitive pottery kiln or a malting oven, used in beer making.’
    • ‘Pottery jugs from kilns in the Pingsdorf and Badorf area.’
    • ‘Photographs of winding towers and cooling towers, of silos, lime kilns and blast furnaces, of coal bunkers and gravel plants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since then, she has studied accountancy, plumbing, served in a whole food shop and cleaned out the kiln at a local pottery.’
    • ‘The Workspace includes several electric pottery wheels, electric kilns, a screen printing press, complete woodworking shop, photography lab and a mat cutter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The kilns that calcine the lime used in cement are often natural gas fired.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About 3,000 family kilns for pottery were destroyed in the quake, and most of the villages were nearly levelled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since the pieces are still quite moist, they must be dried in large ovens, called kilns, before they become hard enough to be packed.’
    • ‘The major hole was for the ‘crew’ and the smaller hole was the base for the pottery kiln.’
    • ‘In 1987, excavations in the Calle Pureza in Triana, the pottery district of Seville, brought to light a collapsed kiln full of pottery wasters.’
    • ‘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.’


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