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Kelly

The first and sturdiest joint of the drill string in conventional rotary drilling rigs; a thick-walled, hollow steel forging with four flat sides that fits into a square hole in the rotary table.

Kerosene

A product at the light end of fractional distillation used to make jet fuel and stove oil.

Kick

A kick occurs when the pressure in the reservoir of a formation exceeds the hydrostatic pressure of the mud in the drill string thereby creating the potential for a well to blow out of control.