Definition of kettle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

kettle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈketl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈketl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kettle
BrE BrE//ˈketl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈketl//
 
he / she / it kettles
BrE BrE//ˈketlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈketlz//
 
past simple kettled
BrE BrE//ˈketld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈketld//
 
past participle kettled
BrE BrE//ˈketld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈketld//
 
-ing form kettling
BrE BrE//ˈketlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈketlɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] (of the police) to keep a group of people who are taking part in a demonstration or protest confined in an area with only one exit or no immediate way out, in order to help restore order Hundreds of protesters were kettled at the start of the demonstration. Word Origin Old English cetel, cietel, of Germanic origin, based on Latin catillus, diminutive of catinus ‘deep container for cooking or serving food’. In Middle English the word's form was influenced by Old Norse ketill.Extra examples I’ll just boil the kettle. She made herself a sandwich while she waited for the kettle to boil. The kettle started to sing.