transitive verb
aus·​form | \ ˈȯsˌfȯ(ə)rm, -ȯ(ə)m\

Definition of ausform

: to subject (steel) to deformation and then to quenching and tempering in order to increase the strength, ductility, and resistance to fatigue failure

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of ausform

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ausform

austenitic + deform; from the deformation's taking place while the steel is still in the austenitic form

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ausform

Statistics for ausform

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ausform

The first known use of ausform was in 1962

See more words from the same year

Comments on ausform

What made you want to look up ausform? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!