verb (used with object)
Origin of anneal
Examples from the Web for anneal
Historical Examples of anneal
As the hammering hardens the metal it is necessary to anneal it each time after going over the surface.Copper Work
Augustus F. Rose
Taps once out in length seem to get worse at every heating, whether to anneal or to harden.
Flange one end of this tube a little, and anneal the flange well in the smoky flame.
The whole of the end of the tube is now cautiously reheated and then cooled slowly to anneal it.
Anneal with great care, and cool in such a position that the acid cannot reach the hot glass.
Word Origin 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.