[ ket-l ]
/ ˈkɛt l /
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a metal container in which to boil liquids, cook foods, etc.; pot.
Geology. kettle hole.
an enclosed area to which demonstrators are herded for containment by police:Journalists were the first to be allowed to leave the kettle.
verb (used with object)
to surround and contain (demonstrators) in an enclosed area:Most demonstrators were too distracted to notice they were being kettled.
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Origin of kettle

First recorded before 900; Middle English ketel, from Old Norse ketill, ultimately derived from Latin catillus, diminutive of catīnus “pot”; replacing Old English cetel, cietel, ultimately from Latin as above; compare German Kessel
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British Dictionary definitions for kettle

/ (ˈkɛtəl) /

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 for kettle

C13: from Old Norse ketill; related to Old English cietel kettle, Old High German kezzil; all ultimately from Latin catillus a little pot, from catīnus pot
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Scientific definitions for kettle

[ kĕtl ]

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.
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