from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, a vessel having a flat floor.
  • noun A hill the outline of which suggests an upturned kettle.


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  • Gone skinny-dipping in a clear alpine lake in Colorado, a murky kettle-bottom pond in Wisconsin, below the dunes on Cape Cod, with surfers off Oahu.

    Marguerite in Idaho Gail Siegel 2009

  • Built of steel throughout, and for passenger traffic only, she carried no combustible cargo to threaten her destruction by fire; and the immunity from the demand for cargo space had enabled her designers to discard the flat, kettle-bottom of cargo boats and give her the sharp dead-rise -- or slant from the keel -- of a steam yacht, and this improved her behavior in a seaway.

    The Wreck of the Titan or, Futility Morgan Robertson 1888

  • We have shown him what a kettle-bottom can do before the wind, and now let him give us a tow to windward like a generous antagonist.

    Homeward Bound or, the Chase James Fenimore Cooper 1820

  • A ship with her sails loosened and her ensign abroad is always a beautiful object; and the Montauk, a noble New-York-built vessel of seven hundred tons burthen, was a first-class specimen of the "kettle-bottom" school of naval architecture, wanting in nothing that the taste and experience of the day can supply.

    Homeward Bound or, the Chase James Fenimore Cooper 1820


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