Definition of quench
1a : put out, extinguishb : to put out the light or fire of quench glowing coals with waterc : to cool (something, such 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
2a : 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. Eliotb : to terminate by or as if by destroying : eliminate the Commonwealth party quenched a whole generation of play-acting — Margery Bailey quench a rebellionc : to relieve or satisfy with liquid quenched his thirst at a wayside spring
1 : to become extinguished : cool
2 : to become calm : subside
quenchableplay \ˈkwen-chə-bəl\ adjective
quenchlessplay \ˈkwench-ləs\ adjective
Examples of quench in a Sentence
we thoroughly quenched the campfire before we headed to bed
this lemonade really quenches my thirst
Recent Examples of quench from the Web
This should quench your thirst for football talk for the time being.
The larger brewing facility will enable Stormcloud to create enough product to quench the thirst of both locals and consumers across the state.
Numerous craft breweries have taken to experimenting with incorporating a variety of fruits into their thirst-quenching beer blends.
Jumping into some mountain-running races seemed like a natural transition to quench her competitive thirst and regain her emotional equilibrium.
Homemade wine has been a part of U.S. history since the colonists used alcohol to quench their thirsts rather than risk drinking unclean water.
When hunger hits, explore a cavalcade of food trucks or quench your thirst at the craft beer and wine tasting area.
When 2,000 people attended the first D.C. Capital Pride festival in June 1975, their thirst was quenched by one truck with beer and another with soda.
The old-fashioned roses were quenched and empowered to show their deep shades and deliver a spicy treat to anyone who stops for a sniff.
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Origin and Etymology of quench
Middle English, from Old English -cwencan; akin to Old English -cwincan to vanish, Old Frisian quinka
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
QUENCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quench for English Language Learners
: to stop (a fire) from burning : to put out (a fire)
QUENCH Defined for Kids
Definition of quench for Students
1 : to end by satisfying The drink quenched my thirst.
2 : to put out (as a fire)
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