kiln (kĭln, kĭl)
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.
tr.v. kilned, kiln·ing, kilns
To process in one of these ovens.
[Middle English kilne, from Old English cyln, from Latin culīna, kitchen, stove; see pekw- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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