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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.
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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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It appeared as if there were a sort of match, or trial of skill, you must understand, between the kettle and the Cricket.
“Why, there’s judgment in all things,” said Kirby, stirring the liquor in his kettles briskly.
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."
When the water in the kettle was boiling, the cook went into the bedroom to fetch Fundevogel and throw him into it.
"Never mind," said the shaggy man, consolingly; "I ought to make enough soup to feed them all, I'm so big; so I'll ask them to put me in the kettle first."
You get near the kettle, so that it can overhear you, and then you shout out, "I don't want any tea; do you, George?" to which George shouts back, "Oh, no, I don't like tea; we'll have lemonade instead - tea's so indigestible." 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.
It was with the greatest difficulty, however, that they succeeded in getting up a kettle of water from the river for the use of the camp.
We'll all have tea, I'm a Protestant kettle, No Popery!' cried the raven.
The vases fell off the mantelpiece, the canisters fell off the shelf; the kettle fell off the hob.
He was a poor and honest workman who mended his neighbors' kettles and pans, and did his best to keep his family in decent comfort.