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- n. The act of heating solid metal or glass to high temperatures and cooling it slowly so that its particles arrange into a defined lattice.
- v. Present participle of anneal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The process used to render glass, iron, etc., less brittle, performed by allowing them to cool very gradually from a high heat.
- n. The burning of metallic colors into glass, earthenware, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The process or art of treating substances by means of heat, so as to remove their brittleness and at the same time render them tough and more or less elastic.
- n. Same as tempering.
- n. A founders' term for the slow treatment of the clay or loam cores for castings, which, after having been dried, are burned or baked, and then are slowly cooled.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. hardening something by heat treatment
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