- 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 quenches
But contempt is passionless; it does not catch, it quenches fire.Pearls of Thought
Maturin M. Ballou
Drink; it is the grandest cup which quenches the thirst of humanity.The Insect
It unlocks the cabinet of the womb and quenches the violence of fire.Unicorns
A body is said to be black when it absorbs or quenches a large proportion of all the rays of white light falling upon it.
It quenches all the eagerness to hear in the three faces, each in its own degree.When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
- 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 quenches
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.