from The Century Dictionary.
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The glass makers occasionally make what they call _proofs_, which are cooled hastily, whereas the other glass vessels are removed from warmer ovens to cooler ones, and suffered to cool by slow degrees, which is called annealing, or nealing them.
And though by being ground they lose very much of their colour, growing much whiter by reason of the multitude of single reflections from their outward surface, as I shew'd afore, yet the fire that in the nealing or melting re-unites them, and so renews those
_nealing_, is sometimes prepared from the meal of corn; and they have also adopted two or three different modes of dressing their rice.
But if this drop be heat so hot as that the parts by degrees can unbend themselves, and be settled and annealed in that posture, and be then suffered gently to subside and cool; The parts by this nealing losing their springiness, constitute a drop of a more soft but less brittle texture, and the parts being not at all under a flexure, though any part of the middle or Pith TEEE be broken, yet will not the drop at all fly to pieces as before.
_relaxation_ also in the temper of hardned Steel, and hammered Metals, by nealing them in the fire, seems to proceed from much the same cause.