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English definition of “kettle”

kettle

noun [C] uk   /ˈket.l̩/ us    /ˈket̬-/

kettle noun [C] (EQUIPMENT)

a container for boiling water, that has a lid, handle, and spout and is made from plastic or metal put the kettle on B1 to start to boil water in a kettle

kettle noun [C] (POLICE)

an occasion when police form lines around a crowd of people and prevent them from leaving a particular area

kettle

verb [T] uk   /ˈket.l̩/ us    /ˈket̬-/
If the police kettle a crowd of people, they form lines around them and prevent them from leaving a particular area.
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