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quench

[kwench]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to slake, satisfy, or allay (thirst, desires, passion, etc.).
  2. to put out or extinguish (fire, flames, etc.).
  3. to cool suddenly by plunging into a liquid, as in tempering steel by immersion in water.
  4. to subdue or destroy; overcome; quell: to quench an uprising.
  5. Electronics. to terminate (the flow of electrons in a vacuum tube) by application of a voltage.

Origin of quench

1150–1200; Middle English quenchen, earlier cwenken; compare Old English -cwencan in ācwencan to quench (cf. a-3)
Related formsquench·a·ble, adjectivequench·a·ble·ness, nounquench·er, nounun·quench·a·ble, adjectiveun·quenched, adjective
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Examples from the Web for quenching

Historical Examples

  • We fools are compromising the safety of all by quenching this light.

    Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia

    Various

  • One of the qualities of this wine is that in quenching thirst it produces yet a greater.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • From boyhood up he is preparing it, or else he is quenching it in darkness.

    St. Cuthbert's

    Robert E. Knowles

  • This is best done by heating to a full red and quenching in mercury.

    On Laboratory Arts

    Richard Threlfall

  • Everything was unheeded but the mad raging desire of quenching their thirst.


British Dictionary definitions for quenching

quench

verb (tr)
  1. to satisfy (one's thirst, desires, etc); slake
  2. to put out (a fire, flame, etc); extinguish
  3. to put down or quell; suppressto quench a rebellion
  4. to cool (hot metal) by plunging it into cold water
  5. physics to reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance
  6. electronics
    1. to suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit
    2. to suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device
Derived Formsquenchable, adjectivequencher, nounquenchless, adjective

Word Origin

Old English ācwencan to extinguish; related to Old Frisian quinka to vanish
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Word Origin and History for quenching

quench

v.

Old English acwencan "to quench" (of fire, light), from Proto-Germanic *cwandjan, probably a causative form of root of Old English cwincan "to go out, be extinguished," Old Frisian kwinka. Related: Quenched; quenching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

quenching in Medicine

quenching

(kwĕnchĭng)
n.
  1. The process of extinguishing, removing, or diminishing a physical property such as heat or light.
  2. The shifting of the energy spectrum from a true to a lower energy that occurs in liquid scintillation counting of beta emissions; caused by interfering materials in the counting solution, including foreign chemicals.
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