quench [kwench] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object)

  1. to slake, satisfy, or allay (thirst, desires, passion, etc.).
  2. to put out or extinguish (fire, flames, etc.).
  3. to cool suddenly by plunging into a liquid, as in tempering steel by immersion in water.
  4. to subdue or destroy; overcome; quell: to quench an uprising.
  5. Electronics. to terminate (the flow of electrons in a vacuum tube) by application of a voltage.

Origin of quench 1150–1200; Middle English quenchen, earlier cwenken; compare Old English -cwencan in ācwencan to quench (cf. a-3)Related formsquench·a·ble, adjectivequench·a·ble·ness, nounquench·er, nounun·quench·a·ble, adjectiveun·quenched, adjective Examples from the Web for quenchable Historical Examples of quenchable

  • Stop it, ye Constitutional Patriots; fire itself is quenchable, yet only quenchable at first!

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • British Dictionary definitions for quenchable quench verb (tr)

    1. to satisfy (one’s thirst, desires, etc); slake
    2. to put out (a fire, flame, etc); extinguish
    3. to put down or quell; suppressto quench a rebellion
    4. to cool (hot metal) by plunging it into cold water
    5. physics to reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance
    6. electronics
      1. to suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit
      2. to suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device

    Derived Formsquenchable, adjectivequencher, nounquenchless, adjectiveWord Origin for quench Old English ācwencan to extinguish; related to Old Frisian quinka to vanish Word Origin and History for quenchable quench v.

    Old English acwencan “to quench” (of fire, light), from Proto-Germanic *cwandjan, probably a causative form of root of Old English cwincan “to go out, be extinguished,” Old Frisian kwinka. Related: Quenched; quenching.

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