martemper

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From martensite and temper.

Verb[edit]

martemper (third-person singular simple present martempers, present participle martempering, simple past and past participle martempered)

  1. (transitive) To subject (steel) to a heat treatment involving austenitization followed by step quenching (at a rate fast enough to avoid the formation of ferrite, pearlite or bainite), used to produce martensite under relatively low stress.