- to subject (steel or other metals) to a hardening process that increases its strength and improves its wear properties.
Origin of ausform
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- a treatment to strengthen hard steels, prior to quenching, in which the specimen is plastically deformed while it is in the austenite temperature range
C20: from aus (tenitic) + (de) form
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