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.
n : the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning; "the
extinction of the lights" [syn: extinction, extinguishing]