kier

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From Old Norse (whence also Icelandic ker (tub)).

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kier (plural kiers)

  1. A bleaching vat.
    • 1934, Harry Bennett, Two Thousand Formulas, Recipes & Trade Secrets: The Classic “Do-It-Yourself” Book of Practical Everyday Chemistry, page 265,
      The oil is added to the saturated liquor, which is afterwards introduced into the kier. There is no change required in the bleaching operation.
    • 1999, Samir Ranjan Karmakar, Chemical Technology In The Pre-Treatment Processes Of Textiles, Elsevier, page 65,
      The traditional sequence of pre-treatment is shortened by single stage bleaching, where kiers are still in use.
    • 2007, Sarah Tarlow, The Archaeology of Improvement in Britain, 1750-1850, Cambridge University Press, page 166,
      Inside the typically long, narrow bleaching crofts were cisterns for bleaching cotton yarn, now represented by sunken stone tanks, and sealed vats called ‘kiers’ for bleaching cloth. The kiers would have been two storeys high and made of metal, but now all that remains are the footings and brackets that show where they once stood (2004: 99).

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kier m, f (plural kieren, diminutive kiertje n)

  1. fissure, narrow opening
    De deur stond op een kier

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Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French cœur (heart)

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kier m

  1. (card games) heart (a suit of cards)

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