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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English anelen, from Old English onǣlan, to set fire to : on, on; see on + ǣlan, to kindle.

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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").


  • (For the record: I pronounce it like the word "anneal", used in glassmaking.)

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  • The Windows.l. 6. 'anneal', i.e. fix the colours by heating the glass.

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  • I find that when a neck splits, or the neck won't hold the bullet, it is time to anneal that whole lot.

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  • He made the dies, and promoted the idea, and prospered, but I have, and still use, an original die set and it is not RCBS. Since the advent of high velosity .22 LR ammo, one must anneal the hulls before forming them into jackets, and the whole process becomes very time consuming and tedious, maybe not worth the effort, in spite of the high cost of bullets.

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  • I plan to batch anneal my creations after they're done.

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  • If you don't anneal the glass then you are producing a walking time-bomb: I knew someone who had had a paperweight for ten years, and then one sunny day it simply went off, exploding and spraying shards of glass all over his living room.

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  • And most cars now a days, well, the air bag will act like Saran Wrap and, as it has melted from the flames, anneal itself to the biological remains of the driver, and preserve up to 72 percent for transplantation.

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  • This means that the rocks are hotter than normal rocks that are being deformed by say mountian building events and so the fualts break and fracture and then some of them basically anneal shut again - the fracture heals its self or the rock sort of glues itself back together again.

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  • The chaos and anarchy about to reign down on our heads as the true weight of monetary collapse is realized is the fire that will anneal us and prepare us for the greatest shift mankind has ever endured!

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  • In coinmaking, to heat a die or planchet to soften the metal before preparing the die or before striking the coin.

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