Definition of "kiln" [kiln]

  • Any of various ovens for hardening, burning, or drying substances such as grain, meal, or clay, especially a brick-lined oven used to bake or fire ceramics. (noun)
  • To process in one of these ovens. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "kiln" in a sentence
  • "A further development of traditional smoking techniques is the adoption of the West African banda kiln known as the “Ivory Coast kiln”."
  • "Without the kiln, which is designed to reach the perfect temperature to cause the clay to harden, the piece of clay would remain useless."
  • "The operation of a vertical-shaft kiln, which is the heart of the process, is such that negligible emission takes place as the shaft kiln itself acts as an effective filter."