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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ An under-cook was supervising the cleaning of the stove around the cauldron and the preparation of fresh ingredients to replace those lost.
▪ And there was a witches' cauldron full of golden soup.
▪ He had his only son Pelops killed, boiled in a great cauldron, and served to the gods.
▪ He was taking firewood and a large cauldron into the smithy that adjoined the cottage.
▪ His second most prized possession was a magic cauldron that could never be emptied.
▪ Negros is a boiling cauldron and the only way to stop it exploding is to turn down the flames.
▪ Nucleons are either protons or neutrons, locked together into a boiling cauldron that is the nucleus.
▪ The shrimp are protected from the cauldron, though, by seawater drawn up beside the rising plume.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Caldron \Cal"dron\ (k[add]l"dr[u^]n), n. [OE. caldron, caudron, caudroun, OF. caudron, chauderon, F. chaudron, an aug. of F. chaudi[`e]re, LL. caldaria, fr. L. caldarius suitable for warming, fr. caldus, calidus, warm, fr. calere to be warm; cf. Skr. [,c]r[=a] to boil. Cf. Chaldron, Calaric, Caudle.] A large kettle or boiler of copper, brass, or iron. [Written also cauldron.] ``Caldrons of boiling oil.''
--Prescott. [1913 Webster] ||


cauldron \caul"dron\ (k[add]l"dr[u^]n), n. 1. a very large pot.

Syn: caldron.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, caudron, from Anglo-French caudrun, Old North French cauderon (Old French chauderon "cauldron, kettle"), from augmentative of Late Latin caldaria "cooking pot" (source of Spanish calderon, Italian calderone), from Latin calidarium "hot bath," from calidus "warm, hot" (see calorie). The -l- was inserted 15c. in imitation of Latin.


n. A large bowl-shaped pot used for boiling over an open flame.


n. a very large pot that is used for boiling [syn: caldron]


A cauldron (or caldron) is a large metal pot ( kettle) for cooking and/or boiling over an open fire, with a large mouth and frequently with an arc-shaped hanger.

Cauldron (video game)

Cauldron is a two-dimensional (2D) shoot 'em up/ platformer computer game developed and published by British developer Palace Software (Palace). The game was released in 1985 for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC home computers. Players control a witch, who aims to become the "Witch Queen" by defeating an enemy called the "Pumpking".

Designed by Steve Brown and Richard Leinfellner, Cauldron originated as a licensed video game of the horror film Halloween. Brown eventually altered the game to use a theme based on the Halloween holiday. The mix of two genres resulted from Brown and Leinfellner wanting to make a shoot 'em up and platform game, respectively. The developers realized that there were no technical limitations preventing the genres from being combined.

The game received praise from video game magazines, who focused on the graphics and two different modes of play. A common complaint was Cauldrons excessive difficulty. The following year, Palace released a direct sequel titled Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back.

Cauldron (Shackled City)

Cauldron is the primary setting in the Shackled City Adventure Path, a collection of adventures for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game. The city is nominally located in the World of Greyhawk, though it is designed to be easily adapted to other campaign settings.

Cauldron (Fifty Foot Hose album)

Cauldron is the first album from San Francisco's Fifty Foot Hose. The album is remarkable for featuring a variety of homemade synths, formed by the hands of bassist Louis "Cork" Marcheschi.

Cauldron (band)

Cauldron is a Canadian heavy metal band formed in 2006 in Toronto. They were formed following the breakup of Goat Horn, with guitarist Brandon Wars leaving to form a new band, Zuku. Cauldron consists of Jason Decay on vocals and bass, Ian Chains on guitar and Myles Deck on Drums.

Cauldron (Bond novel)

Cauldron is a technothriller novel by Larry Bond.

Cauldron (video game company)

Cauldron is a Slovak video game developer located in Bratislava, Slovakia. The studio was founded in 1996 with their first project, Quadrax being released in the same year. Cauldron is also responsible for the creation of the Cloak Engine in 2001. The engine was later renamed to the CloakNT engine.

Cauldron (Jack McDevitt novel)

Cauldron is a science fiction novel by American author Jack McDevitt. It is the sixth novel in the Academy series, featuring Priscilla Hutchins.

Cauldron (disambiguation)

A cauldron is a large metal pot for cooking.

Cauldron may also refer to:

  • Cauldron (band), a heavy metal band based out of Toronto, Ontario
  • Cauldron (Fifty Foot Hose album), 1968
  • Cauldron (Ruins album), 2008
  • Cauldron (Shackled City), the primary setting in the Shackled City Adventure Path
  • Cauldron (Larry Bond novel),a 1993 novel by Larry Bond
  • Cauldron (Jack McDevitt novel), a science fiction novel by Jack McDevitt
  • Cauldron, a Soviet military term for encirclement
  • Cauldron (video game), a 1985 computer game
  • Cauldron HQ, a computer game development studio located in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Operation Cauldron, 1952 biological warfare experiment
  • Caldera, a cauldron-like volcanic feature
  • The Cauldron, UK-based esoteric magazine
  • Olympic flame#Cauldron

Usage examples of "cauldron".

Pots of stalky geraniums were set about, scarcely redeeming the place, which stank of the gamy stew, a cauldron of which sat abubble somewhere.

It turned out that under the western United States there was a huge cauldron of magma, a colossal volcanic hot spot, which erupted cataclysmically every 600,000 years or so.

Frau Egger and her maids were working scarlet-faced among the clashing lids and cauldrons they were heaving from the range.

By early evening, the central cauldron was full of soup or stew and all available surfaces were covered with brie tart, humble, galantine, and eel pie, haslet for the hunters, leek dishes for the lustful as well as meat laid out ready for the spit and an odd assortment of other viands depending on who was in town for what religious festival.

Prelate and the Prophet are given to the Light in the sacred rite, the flames will bring to boil a cauldron of guile and give ascension to a false Prelate, who will reign over the death of the Palace of the Prophets.

Prelate and the Prophet are given to the Light in the sacred rite, the flames will bring to boil a cauldron of guile and give ascension to a false Prelate who will reign over the death of the Palace of the Prophets.

It may be that in a few years Fable, who changes mortalities to immortalities in her cauldron, will have changed Mary Hynes and Raftery to perfect symbols of the sorrow of beauty and of the magnificence and penury of dreams.

And Rosie at her washing cauldrons: in the jabots and cuffs and collars of Brussels lace worn by the Cavaliers she sees a way to her own prosperity.

But Omi shook his head and said something he did not understand and continued across the square, down the foreshore, past the cauldron, and on to the jetty.

We lived eighteen men to a tent, near the high, steep bank of the Prut, with everything military: reveille, drills, field exercises, meals from a cauldron, tactics, and evening roll call.

He remembered her laughing when he told her about the Leaky Cauldron debacle.

He found the washerman under the same trees, his tubs and cauldron empty around him and the last of the tent cloths and bandages spread out to dry.

But the following night Wynn hung the cauldron from the iron hook and made an herbed lentil soup for supper.

All these circumstances concurred to render their songs of the vanished deer and greenwood archery and Yoicks and Harkaway, extremely mal-a-propos, and to make his anger boil and bubble in the cauldron of his spirit, till its more than ordinary excitement burst forth with sudden impulse into active manifestation.

Seven tripods never touched by fire, ten bars of gold, twenty burnished cauldrons, a dozen massive stallions, racers who earned me trophies with their speed.