Origin of kettle
Examples from the Web for kettle
The kettle was adamantly calling the pot black as Netanyahu accused Iran of doing all sorts of shady things with nuclear power.Netanyahu’s Iran Soliloquy at the U.N.
October 2, 2013
The Nazi-hunting era that began with the thunder of a kettle drum at the Nuremberg trials in 1945 ended with a whimper in 2011.America’s Shameful Nazi Past
January 27, 2013
At that point I half expected Emmanuel Radnitsky to appear with a pot and a kettle, and paint them both black.Man Ray Revealed
November 12, 2009
Then strain the liquor through a sieve, and put it into a kettle or stew-pan.
Skim them well, and keep the kettle covered when you are not skimming.
Cover the jar, and set it up to the neck in a kettle of boiling water.
Cover the bottom of a large boiler or kettle with saw-dust or straw.
If the pot wants replenishing, do it with boiling water from a kettle.
- a metal or plastic container with a handle and spout for boiling water
- any of various metal containers for heating liquids, cooking fish, etc
- a large metal vessel designed to withstand high temperatures, used in various industrial processes such as refining and brewing
- British informal an enclosed space formed by a police cordon in order to contain people involved in a public demonstration
- short for kettle hole
- (tr) British informal (of a police force) to contain (people involved in a public demonstration) in an enclosed space
Word Origin and History for kettle
Old English cetil (Mercian), from Latin catillus "deep pan or dish for cooking," diminutive of catinus "bowl, dish, pot." A general Germanic borrowing (cf. Old Saxon ketel, Old Frisian zetel, Middle Dutch ketel, Old High German kezzil, German Kessel). Spelling with a -k- (c.1300) probably is from influence of Old Norse cognate ketill. The smaller sense of "tea-kettle" is attested by 1769.
- A steep, bowl-shaped hollow in ground once covered by a glacier. Kettles are believed to form when a block of ice left by a glacier becomes covered by sediments and later melts, leaving a hollow. They are usually tens of meters deep and up to tens of kilometers in diameter and often contain surface water.
Idioms and Phrases with kettle
In addition to the idiom beginning with kettle
- kettle of fish
- pot calling the kettle black