[ heet-treet ]
/ ˈhitˌtrit /

verb (used with object)

to subject (a metal or alloy) to controlled heating and cooling to improve hardness or other properties.

Origin of heat-treat

First recorded in 1905–10

Related forms

heat treatment, noun
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Examples from the Web for 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



(tr) to apply heat to (a metal or alloy) in one or more temperature cycles to give it desirable properties

Derived Forms

heat treatment, noun
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