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caldron (noun) (also cauldron) a large round deep pot or a large kettle for boiling something on a fire; a highly emotional state.
A pot, large, round, and deep, and used for boiling things over a fire is a caldron. 'A witch's caldron' is a popular expression, arising from the old time belief that witches used caldrons to boil the magic liquid for their witchcraft. A person's mind is a boiling caldron, if they are deeply worried about something, or are in a highly emotional state. As the tax officials and his creditors threatened to sue him for his defaults, his mind turned a boiling caldron. This means, his mind was deeply agitated about his situation.
- As they intended to camp in the jungle for a few days, just to have an experience of being away from the civilized world, a caldron for boiling large enough quantities of food for all of them, formed a part of their equipment.
- The stadium where the final match was going on became a caldron of intense emotions, as the spectators watched the evenly poised match.