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

  • transitive v. To put out (a fire, for example); extinguish.
  • transitive v. To suppress; squelch: The disapproval of my colleagues quenched my enthusiasm for the plan.
  • transitive v. To put an end to; destroy.
  • transitive v. To slake; satisfy: Mineral water quenched our thirst.
  • transitive v. To cool (hot metal) by thrusting into water or other liquid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To satisfy, especially an actual or figurative thirst.
  • v. To extinguish or put out (as a fire or light.)
  • v. To cool rapidly by dipping into a bath of coolant, as a blacksmith quenching hot iron.
  • n. The abnormal termination of operation of a superconducting magnet, occurring when part of the superconducting coil enters the normal (resistive) state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To extinguish; to overwhelm; to make an end of; -- said of flame and fire, of things burning, and figuratively of sensations and emotions
  • transitive v. To cool suddenly, as heated steel, in tempering.
  • intransitive v. To become extinguished; to go out; to become calm or cool.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To extinguish or put out, as fire.
  • To extinguish or allay; stop; put an end to, as thirst.
  • To relieve the thirst of.
  • To suppress; stifle; check; repress; destroy: as, to quench a passion or emotion.
  • To lay or place in water, as a heated iron. See temper.
  • To be extinguished; go out.
  • To lose zeal; cool; become cool.
  • n. The act of quenching or extinguishing; also, the state of being extinguished.
  • To produce a series of crusts on (molten metal), each being taken off as soon as it is formed.
  • n. A pit or cavity in which water can be thrown upon hot coke just manufactured in an oven, so as to cool it and leach out the soluble sulphur elements.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. suppress or crush completely
  • v. cool (hot metal) by plunging into cold water or other liquid
  • v. put out, as of fires, flames, or lights
  • v. reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance
  • v. satisfy (thirst)
  • v. electronics: suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit, or suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device


Middle English quenchen, from Old English -cwencan (in ācwencan, to quench).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English acwenċan. (Wiktionary)



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  • Ooooh, trivet's hardcore. ;-)

    September 9, 2007

  • I'm a slaker, me...

    September 9, 2007

  • Or, what I do with my thirst when I drink water. ;-)

    September 9, 2007

  • rapid cooling of a solid to lock it into a metastable crystal structure by preventing low-temperature processes, e.g. phase transformations

    September 8, 2007