verb (used with object)
Origin of quench
Examples from the Web for quenching
Here, as he was quenching his thirst, a ball whistled by and broke the bark from the beech that shaded the spring.Stories of Old Kentucky|Martha Grassham Purcell
Finally, the iron, now covered with a thin layer of steel, is hardened by quenching it in water.The Art of Travel|Francis Galton
A herd of a dozen antelopes were quenching their thirst in the bed of a torrent where some pools of water had lodged.Five Weeks in a Balloon|Jules Verne
Perhaps Judith saw her way to quenching any suspicions anent herself and Challis by parading her unreluctance to talk about him.It Never Can Happen Again|William De Morgan
Hardening is performed the more efficiently the more rapidly the quenching is done.
- 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 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.