[ kwench ]
/ kwɛntʃ /
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verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of quench
1150–1200; Middle English quenchen, earlier cwenken; compare Old English -cwencan in ācwencan to quench (cf. a-3)
OTHER WORDS FROM quench
quench·a·ble, adjectivequench·a·ble·ness, nounquencher, nounun·quench·a·ble, adjective
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How to use quench in a sentence
For it makes a more efficient thirst-quencher, and by flushing out the tissues helps to prevent the onset of fatigue.Nervous Breakdowns and How to Avoid Them|Charles David Musgrove
You will find cyder the best quencher of that thirst which salt meat or fish occasions.
Hair of the dog, a modest quencher, taken the morning following a debauch.The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
Barbara had still a word to say, and disregarded this quencher.Michael|E. F. Benson
It is such a good thirst-quencher, every one says, so cooling in warm weather, and so warming in cold seasons.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)|William Delisle Hay
British Dictionary definitions for quench
/ (kwɛntʃ) /
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
Derived forms of quenchquenchable, adjectivequencher, nounquenchless, adjective
Word Origin for quench
Old English ācwencan to extinguish; related to Old Frisian quinka to vanish
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