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


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