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.

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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