A kettle is a pot made for boiling water. Most kettles are metal, with a lid and a spout. If you're in the mood for a cup of tea, it might be time to "put the kettle on."

You can use the word kettle to mean "metal cooking pot," although it's mostly used for the kind you use to make your tea or instant soup. If you want to comment on the incredible awkwardness of a situation, you can use the colloquial phrase, "Well, this is a fine kettle of fish," and if you criticize a friend for something you're also guilty of, she might say, "That's the pot calling the kettle black!"

Definitions of kettle
  1. noun
    a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid
    synonyms: boiler
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    kettle for boiling water to make tea
    type of:
    metal or earthenware cooking vessel that is usually round and deep; often has a handle and lid
  2. noun
    the quantity a kettle will hold
    synonyms: kettleful
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    type of:
    the quantity that a container will hold
  3. noun
    a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it
    synonyms: kettledrum, timpani, tympani, tympanum
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    type of:
    percussion instrument, percussive instrument
    a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
  4. noun
    (geology) a hollow (typically filled by a lake) that results from the melting of a mass of ice trapped in glacial deposits
    synonyms: kettle hole
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    type of:
    hole, hollow
    a depression hollowed out of solid matter
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