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ausform

[aws-fawrm] /ˈɔsˌfɔrm/
verb (used with object)
1.
to subject (steel or other metals) to a hardening process that increases its strength and improves its wear properties.
Origin of ausform
1960-1965
First recorded in 1960-65; aus(tenitic) + (de)form1
Related forms
ausforming, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ausforming

ausforming

/ˈaʊsˌfɔːmɪŋ/
noun
1.
a treatment to strengthen hard steels, prior to quenching, in which the specimen is plastically deformed while it is in the austenite temperature range
Word Origin
C20: from aus(tenitic) + (de)form
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