- 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 quenching
We fools are compromising the safety of all by quenching this light.
One of the qualities of this wine is that in quenching thirst it produces yet a greater.The Shame of Motley
From boyhood up he is preparing it, or else he is quenching it in darkness.St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
This is best done by heating to a full red and quenching in mercury.On Laboratory Arts
Everything was unheeded but the mad raging desire of quenching their thirst.The Giraffe Hunters
- 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 quenching
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.
- The process of extinguishing, removing, or diminishing a physical property such as heat or light.
- The shifting of the energy spectrum from a true to a lower energy that occurs in liquid scintillation counting of beta emissions; caused by interfering materials in the counting solution, including foreign chemicals.