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quench

[kwench] /kwɛntʃ/
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
1150-1200; Middle English quenchen, earlier cwenken; compare Old English -cwencan in ācwencan to quench (cf. a-3)
Related forms
quenchable, adjective
quenchableness, noun
quencher, noun
unquenchable, adjective
unquenched, adjective
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  • But by an effort of his unquenchable energy he shook off this show of concern.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • It was the cry of a beaten man whose spirit is unquenchable.

  • I have never seen fury so expressed or such an unquenchable spirit.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Is it not good news that that fire is unquenchable, that that worm will not die?

    Out of the Deep Charles Kingsley
  • But down to the last half-gallon, our thirst was unquenchable.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • The flames met the falling rain as though they were unquenchable.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
British Dictionary definitions for unquenchable

quench

/kwɛntʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to satisfy (one's thirst, desires, etc); slake
2.
to put out (a fire, flame, etc); extinguish
3.
to put down or quell; suppress: to 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 Forms
quenchable, adjective
quencher, noun
quenchless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English ācwencan to extinguish; related to Old Frisian quinka to vanish
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Word Origin and History for unquenchable
adj.

late 14c., of fire; 1560s, of thirst, from un- (1) "not" + quench + -able. Related: Unquenchably.

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.

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