A boy quenches his thirst on a warm day.
- An example of to quench is to have a cold drink when thirsty.
- An example of to quench is to put out a fire.
- to extinguish; put out: to quench fire with water
- to overcome; subdue; suppress
- to satisfy; slake: to quench one's thirst
- to cool (hot steel, etc.) suddenly by plunging into water, oil, or the like
Origin of quenchMiddle English quenchen ; from Old English cwencan, to extinguish, causative of cwincan, to go out, akin to Frisian kwinka, Middle High German verquinen, to pass away ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gwey-, to complain, weep
transitive verbquenched, quench·ing, quench·es
- To put out (a fire, for example); extinguish.
- To suppress; squelch: The disapproval of my colleagues quenched my enthusiasm for the plan.
- To slake; satisfy: Mineral water quenched our thirst.
- To cool (hot metal) by thrusting into water or other liquid.
Origin of quenchMiddle English quenchen, from Old English -cwencan (in acwencan, to quench).
(third-person singular simple present quenches, present participle quenching, simple past and past participle quenched)
- To satisfy, especially an actual or figurative thirst.
- The library quenched her thirst for knowledge.
- To extinguish or put out (as a fire or light.)
- Then the MacManus went down. The sudden quench of the white light was how I knew it. -- Saul Bellow
- To cool rapidly by dipping into a bath of coolant, as a blacksmith quenching hot iron.
- The swordsmith quenched the sword in an oil bath so that it wouldn't shatter.
From Old English acwenÄ‹an.