Quench v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quenched p. pr. & vb. n. Quenching.]
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.
v 1: satisfy (thirst); "The cold water quenched his thirst" [syn:
slake, allay, assuage]
2: 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"; "snuff out the candles"
[syn: snuff out, blow out, extinguish] [ant: ignite]
3: electronics: suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off
in an inductive circuit, or suppress (an oscillation or
discharge) in a component or device
4: suppress or crush completely; "squelch any sign of dissent";
"quench a rebellion" [syn: squelch, quell]
5: reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in
(excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable
6: cool by plunging into cold water; "quench metal"