- 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 unquenchable
Harold's unquenchable desire, the axis mundi of his existence.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
The muscle soreness soon escalated into a storm of extreme symptoms—crippling pain, flu-like weakness, unquenchable thirst.Necrotizing Fasciitis: Life After Flesh-Eating Bacteria
May 17, 2012
She left the convent in 1997, went back to school, and later wrote a memoir about her experience, An Unquenchable Thirst.Former Nun Mary Johnson Criticizes Vatican Crackdown on U.S. Sisters
April 27, 2012
But locking up Ai simply made clear the power of his kind of oppositional art, and its global impact, and how unquenchable it is.Ai Weiwei Freed
June 22, 2011
But by an effort of his unquenchable energy he shook off this show of concern.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
It was the cry of a beaten man whose spirit is unquenchable.The Twins of Suffering Creek
I have never seen fury so expressed or such an unquenchable spirit.Tales of Fishes
Is it not good news that that fire is unquenchable, that that worm will not die?Out of the Deep
But down to the last half-gallon, our thirst was unquenchable.Land of the Burnt Thigh
Edith Eudora Kohl
- 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 unquenchable
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.