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verb (used with object)
  1. to subject (a metal or alloy) to controlled heating and cooling to improve hardness or other properties.
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Origin of heat-treat

First recorded in 1905–10
Related formsheat treatment, noun
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Historical Examples of heat-treat

  • Wade, as chief chemist, you are to synthesize a little coffee and heat-treat a few eggs for us.

    Islands of Space

    John W Campbell

British Dictionary definitions for heat-treat


  1. (tr) to apply heat to (a metal or alloy) in one or more temperature cycles to give it desirable properties
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Derived Formsheat treatment, noun
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