transitive verb
aus·​tem·​per | \ ȯs‧ˈtempə(r)\

Definition of austemper

: to quench (steel) from above the transformation temperature in a bath between 350° and 600° F and hold it there until transformation of austenite stops, for rendering it hard and tough

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austenite + temper

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