Quench definition

kwĕnch
To satisfy; slake.

To quench one's thirst.

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To extinguish; put out.

To quench fire with water.

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To overcome; subdue; suppress.
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To slake; satisfy.

Mineral water quenched our thirst.

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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.

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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.

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(physics) The abnormal termination of operation of a superconducting magnet, occurring when part of the superconducting coil enters the normal (resistive) state.
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To put out (a fire, for example); extinguish.
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To suppress; squelch.

The disapproval of my colleagues quenched my enthusiasm for the plan.

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To cool (hot metal) by thrusting into water or other liquid.
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Quench is defined as to satisfy or to extinguish.

An example of to quench is to have a cold drink when thirsty.

An example of to quench is to put out a fire.

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To cool (hot steel, etc.) suddenly by plunging into water, oil, or the like.
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To satisfy, especially an actual or figurative thirst.

The library quenched her thirst for knowledge.

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Origin of quench

  • Middle English quenchen from Old English -cwencan (in ācwencan to quench)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English acwenÄ‹an.

    From Wiktionary