- to slake, satisfy, or allay (thirst, desires, passion, etc.).
- to put out or extinguish (fire, flames, etc.).
- to cool suddenly by plunging into a liquid, as in tempering steel by immersion in water.
- to subdue or destroy; overcome; quell: to quench an uprising.
- Electronics. to terminate (the flow of electrons in a vacuum tube) by application of a voltage.
Origin of quench
Examples from the Web for quench
Luckily, ‘Doldo’ from the Second City Network has arrived to quench their thirsts, and have a laugh at their expense.Amateur Stuntmen, the iPhone 6, and More Viral Videos
August 30, 2014
Her father runs an antique store and frequently sends the girls goods to quench the Berlin vintage drought.A Hip Haven in Berlin
September 20, 2011
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
But who can say that science will not some day quench the thirst for what lies beyond us?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
But, mother, since you were there, why did you not quench him?Doctor Pascal
Such were the sops with which he sought to quench his vindictive rage.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
So she poured out the liquid music of her voice to quench the thirst of his spirit.Masterpieces of Mystery
- to satisfy (one's thirst, desires, etc); slake
- to put out (a fire, flame, etc); extinguish
- to put down or quell; suppressto quench a rebellion
- to cool (hot metal) by plunging it into cold water
- physics to reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance
- to suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit
- to suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device
Word Origin and History for quench
Old English acwencan "to quench" (of fire, light), from Proto-Germanic *cwandjan, probably a causative form of root of Old English cwincan "to go out, be extinguished," Old Frisian kwinka. Related: Quenched; quenching.