verb \ˈkwench\

: to stop (a fire) from burning : to put out (a fire)

Full Definition of QUENCH

transitive verb
a :  put out, extinguish
b :  to put out the light or fire of <quench glowing coals with water>
c :  to cool (as heated metal) suddenly by immersion (as in oil or water)
d :  to cause to lose heat or warmth <you have quenched the warmth of France toward you — Alfred Tennyson>
a :  to bring (something immaterial) to an end typically by satisfying, damping, cooling, or decreasing <a rational understanding of the laws of nature can quench impossible desires — Lucius Garvin> <the praise that quenches all desire to read the book — T. S. Eliot>
b :  to terminate by or as if by destroying :  eliminate <the Commonwealth party quenched a whole generation of play-acting — Margery Bailey> <quench a rebellion>
c :  to relieve or satisfy with liquid <quenched his thirst at a wayside spring>
intransitive verb
:  to become extinguished :  cool
:  to become calm :  subside
quench·able \ˈkwen-chə-bəl\ adjective
quench·er noun
quench·less \ˈkwench-ləs\ adjective

Examples of QUENCH

  1. <we thoroughly quenched the campfire before we headed to bed>
  2. <this lemonade really quenches my thirst>

Origin of QUENCH

Middle English, from Old English -cwencan; akin to Old English -cwincan to vanish, OldFrisian quinka
First Known Use: 12th century


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