verb (used with object)
  1. to subject (steel or other metals) to a hardening process that increases its strength and improves its wear properties.

Origin of ausform

First recorded in 1960–65; aus(tenitic) + (de)form1
Related formsaus·form·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for ausforming


  1. a treatment to strengthen hard steels, prior to quenching, in which the specimen is plastically deformed while it is in the austenite temperature range

Word Origin for ausforming

C20: from aus (tenitic) + (de) form
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