from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To subject (glass or metal) to a process of heating and slow cooling in order to toughen and reduce brittleness.
- transitive v. To strengthen or harden.
- intransitive v. To become strengthened or hardened: "the time she needed for opinion to anneal around her policy” ( Alexander M. Haig, Jr.)
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To subject to great heat, and then cool slowly for the purpose of rendering less brittle; to temper; to toughen.
- v. To strengthen or harden.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To subject to great heat, and then cool slowly, as glass, cast iron, steel, or other metal, for the purpose of rendering it less brittle; to temper; to toughen.
- transitive v. To heat, as glass, tiles, or earthenware, in order to fix the colors laid on them.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Originally, to set on fire; kindle.
- To heat, fire, bake, or fuse, as glass, earthenware, ores, etc.
- To heat, as glass, earthenware, or metals, in order to fix colors; enamel.
- To treat, as glass, earthenware, or metals, by heating and gradually cooling, so as to toughen them and remove their brittleness.
- Same as aneal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling
Middle English anelen, from Old English onǣlan, to set fire to : on, on; see on + ǣlan, to kindle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English anelen, onelen, from Old English anǣlan, onǣlan ("to set fire to, ignite, heat, inspire, incite, kindle, inflame, enlighten, burn, consume"), from Proto-Germanic *ana (“on”) + Proto-Germanic *ailijanan (“to burn”), from Proto-Indo-European *aidʰ- (“to burn”). Related to Old English onāl ("burning, incense, that which is burnt"), Old English āl ("fire, burning"), Icelandic eldur ("fire"), Swedish eld ("fire, flame"), Danish ild ("fire"). (Wiktionary)