bowl; but cf. also OHG. chezzi 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.
Kettle pins, ninepins; skittles. [Obs.] Shelton. Kettle stitch (Bookbinding), the stitch made in
sewing at the head and tail of a book. Knight.
1. (Mus.) A drum made of thin copper in the form of a hemispherical kettle, with parchment stretched
over the mouth of it.
Kettledrums, in pairs, were formerly used in martial music for cavalry, but are now chiefly confined to
orchestras, where they are called tympani.
2. An informal social party at which a light collation is offered, held in the afternoon or early evening.
Cf. Drum, n., 4 and 5.
(Ket"tle*drum`mer) n. One who plays on a kettledrum.
(||Keu"per) n. [G.] (Geol.) The upper division of the European Triassic. See Chart of Geology.
(Kev"el) n. [Prov. E. kevil, cavel, rod, pole, a large hammer, horse's bit; cf. Icel. kefli cylinder, a
stick, mangle, and Dan. kievle a roller.]
1. (Naut.) A strong cleat to which large ropes are belayed.
2. A stone mason's hammer. [Written also cavil.]
Kevel head (Naut.), a projecting end of a timber, used as a kevel.
(Kev"el, Kev"in) , n. (Zoöl.) The gazelle.
(Kev"er) v. t. & i. To cover. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Kev"er*chief) n. A kerchief. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Kex) n. [W. cecys, pl., hollow stalks.]
1. (Bot.) A weed; a kecksy. Bp. Gauden.
Though the rough kex breakTennyson.
The starred mosaic.
2. A dry husk or covering.
When the kex, or husk, is broken, he proveth a fair flying butterfly.Holland.
(Key) n. [OE. keye, key, kay, AS. cæg.]
1. An instrument by means of which the bolt of a lock is shot or drawn; usually, a removable metal instrument
fitted to the mechanism of a particular lock and operated by turning in its place.
2. An instrument which is turned like a key in fastening or adjusting any mechanism; as, a watch key; a
bed key, etc.
3. That part of an instrument or machine which serves as the means of operating it; as, a telegraph
key; the keys of a pianoforte, or of a typewriter.
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