Meaning of QUENCH in English

I. ˈkwench verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: Middle English quenchen, from (assumed) Old English cwencan (as in ācwencan to quench, extinguish), causative from the root of (assumed) cwincan to become extinguished (as in ācwincan to vanish, be extinguished); akin to Old Frisian quinka to vanish

transitive verb


a. : to put out (as a fire or light)

for three days after … the fire may not be quenched — J.G.Frazer

the signal among the palms was quenched — William Beebe

b. : to put out the fire or light of (a source of heat or light)

quench a fireplace

quench a lamp

2. : subdue , overcome

quench hatred

3. : destroy

quench a rebellion

the praise that quenches all desire to read the book — T.S.Eliot

whose eagerness for culture was not quenched by the toil of bringing up a family — C.A.Dinsmore

4. : slake , satisfy

quench a thirst

5. : to cool (as heated steel) suddenly by immersion especially in water or oil

crushed ore melted and quenched in cold water — C.L.Mantell


a. : suppress , inhibit

quench luminescence

quench a portion of a spectrum

b. : to arrest (as the discharge of an ion counter or the oscillation of an amplifier tube) by applying voltage

intransitive verb

1. : to become extinguished : cool

the fire quenches

2. : to become calm : subside

the bustle and the talking quenched — W.B.Ready

Synonyms: see crush

II. noun

( -es )

: the act of quenching or state of being quenched

the sudden quench of the white light — Saul Bellow

the tube works without quench and utilizes a gas that is 90 percent argon — Scientific Monthly

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