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 ācwencan 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.