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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Kettle \Ket"tle\ (k[e^]t"t'l), n. [OE. ketel; cf. AS. cetel, cetil, cytel; akin to D. kjedel, G. kessel, OHG. chezzil, Icel. ketill, SW. kittel, Dan. kjedel, Goth. katils; all perh. fr. L. catillus, dim. of catinus a deep vessel, bowl; but cf. also OHG. chezz[imac] kettle, Icel. kati small ship.] A metallic vessel, with a wide mouth, often without a cover, used for heating and boiling water or other liguids. [1913 Webster] Kettle pins, ninepins; skittles. [Obs.] --Shelton. Kettle stitch (Bookbinding), the stitch made in sewing at the head and tail of a book. --Knight. [1913 Webster]