A kiln is a special kind of oven for firing things like pottery and bricks. A ceramic artist might use a kiln once a week to fire the bowls he's made from clay.

Some kilns look more like furnaces than ovens, and they reach temperatures far beyond regular household ovens. Electricity is used to power many modern kilns, while others use older techniques of burning wood or even coal. Making mugs and bowls is the primary use of kilns, but there are some that dry lumber, tobacco leaves, or hops as well. The Old English word was cyln, from the Latin root culina, "kitchen or cooking stove."

Definitions of kiln
  1. noun
    a furnace for firing or burning or drying such things as porcelain or bricks
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    a kiln for making bricks
    dry kiln
    a kiln for drying and seasoning lumber
    a kiln used to reduce naturally occurring forms of calcium carbonate to lime
    a kiln with an inner chamber for firing things at a low temperature
    a kiln for drying hops
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    an enclosed chamber in which heat is produced to heat buildings, destroy refuse, smelt or refine ores, etc.
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