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kettle,

oval depression found in glacial morainesmoraine
, a formation composed of unsorted and unbedded rock and soil debris called till, which was deposited by a glacier. The till that falls on the sides of a valley glacier from the bounding cliffs makes up lateral moraines, running parallel to the valley sides.
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, which are landforms made up of rock debris. When a glacier melts and draws away from an area, a block of ice may break off and be covered by earth and rock. As the block melts, the ground above it subsides, forming a kettle. Kettles may be deeper than 100 ft (30 m) and more than 1 mi (1.6 km) in diameter. Pitted outwash plains contain many kettles.

kettle

[′ked·əl]
(geology)
A bowl-shaped depression with steep sides in glacial drift deposits that is formed by the melting of glacier ice left behind by the retreating glacier and buried in the drift. Also known as kettle basin; kettle hole.
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Tip wriggled around upon his stool and stared awhile at the kettle, which was beginning to bubble.
You'll find something in the kettle when it's taken off--and it won't be poor, innocent chickens, either.
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Take them away," she commanded the guard, "and at six o'clock run them through the meat chopper and start the soup kettle boiling.
Upon which the kettle boils over, and puts the stove out.
There was sand in our eyes, sand in our teeth, sand in our suppers, sand dancing in the spring at the bottom of the kettle, for all the world like porridge beginning to boil.
The charms of an old tin- kettle, however, were irresistible, and a bargain was concluded.
We'll all have tea, I'm a Protestant kettle, No Popery
The vases fell off the mantelpiece, the canisters fell off the shelf; the kettle fell off the hob.