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 for kettle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Kettle \Ket"tle\ (k[e^]t"t'l), n. [OE. ketel; cf. AS. cetel,
     cetil, cytel; akin to D. kjedel, G. kessel, OHG. chezzil,
     Icel. ketill, SW. kittel, Dan. kjedel, Goth. katils; all
     perh. fr. L. catillus, dim. of catinus a deep vessel, bowl;
     but cf. also OHG. chezz[imac] kettle, Icel. kati small ship.]
     A metallic vessel, with a wide mouth, often without a cover,
     used for heating and boiling water or other liguids.
     [1913 Webster]
     Kettle pins, ninepins; skittles. [Obs.] --Shelton.
     Kettle stitch (Bookbinding), the stitch made in sewing at
        the head and tail of a book. --Knight.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid [syn:
           kettle, boiler]
      2: the quantity a kettle will hold [syn: kettle, kettleful]
      3: (geology) a hollow (typically filled by a lake) that results
         from the melting of a mass of ice trapped in glacial deposits
         [syn: kettle hole, kettle]
      4: a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument
         with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on
         it [syn: kettle, kettledrum, tympanum, tympani,

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     a large pot for cooking. The same Hebrew word (dud, "boiling")
     is rendered also "pot" (Ps. 81:6), "caldron" (2 Chr. 35:13),
     "basket" (Jer. 24:2). It was used for preparing the
     peace-offerings (1 Sam. 2:13, 14).

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