Definitions for: Quench


[v] cool by plunging into cold water; "quench metal"
[v] physics: reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance
[v] suppress or crush completely; "squelch any sign of dissent"; "quench a rebellion"
[v] satisfy (thirst); "The cold water quenched his 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
[v] put out, as of fires, flames, or lights; "Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained"; "quench the flames"



Webster (1913) Definition: Quench, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quenched; p. pr. & vb. n.
Quenching.] [OE. quenchen, AS. cwencan in [=a]cwencan, to
extinguish utterly, causative of cwincan, [=a]cwincan, to
decrease, disappear; cf. AS. cw[=i]nan, [=a]cw[=i]nan, to
waste or dwindle away.]
1. To extinguish; to overwhelm; to make an end of; -- said of
flame and fire, of things burning, and figuratively of
sensations and emotions; as, to quench flame; to quench a
candle; to quench thirst, love, hate, etc.

Ere our blood shall quench that fire. --Shak.

The supposition of the lady's death Will quench the
wonder of her infamy. --Shak.

2. To cool suddenly, as heated steel, in tempering.

Syn: To extinguish; still; stifle; allay; cool; check.


Quench, v. i.
To become extinguished; to go out; to become calm or cool.
[R.]

Dost thou think in time She will not quench! --Shak.

Synonyms: allay, assuage, extinguish, quell, slake, squelch

Antonyms: ignite, light

See Also: black out, bring down, chill, conquer, consume, cool, cool down, curb, cut, cut back, cut down, douse, fill, fulfil, fulfill, have, hold back, ingest, inhibit, keep, keep back, meet, put out, reduce, restrain, satisfy, stamp down, subdue, suppress, suppress, take, take in, trim, trim back, trim down

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Famous Quotes Containing Quench:


He must pull out his own eyes, and see no creature, before he can say, he sees no God; He must be no man, and quench his reasonable soul, before he can say to himself, there is no God.

-- John Donne (British Poet)

Let's choose today to quench our thirst for the "good life" we thinks others lead by acknowledging the good that already exists in our lives. We can then offer the universe the gift of our grateful hearts.

-- Sarah Ban Breathnach (American Author)

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.

-- William Shakespeare (English Dramatist)

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.

-- Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch Artist)


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