verb (used with object)
Origin of anneal
Examples from the Web for anneal
A light fall of snow that was split into festers by the guns before it could anneal the ancient sores.Gladiator|Philip Wylie
These strips are put into iron boxes and kept at a red heat for a number of hours to anneal or soften them.Makers of Many Things|Eva March Tappan
Anneal with great care, and cool in such a position that the acid cannot reach the hot glass.Laboratory Manual of Glass-Blowing|Francis C. Frary
Before this is done it may be necessary to anneal the metal two or three times.
Anneal and repeat until the sides are at right angles to the base.
British Dictionary definitions for anneal
Word Origin for anneal
Word Origin and History for anneal
Old English onælan "to set on fire, kindle," from on- "on" + ælan "to burn, bake," from Proto-Germanic *ailan, "probably" [Watkins] from PIE *ai- "to burn" (see ash (n.1)); related to Old English æled "fire, firebrand," Old Norse eldr, Danish ild "fire." Related: Annealed; annealing.