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From Old English acwenċan.
- (transitive) To satisfy, especially an actual or figurative thirst.
- The library quenched her thirst for knowledge.
- (transitive) To extinguish or put out (as a fire or light.)
- Then the MacManus went down. The sudden quench of the white light was how I knew it. -- Saul Bellow
- (transitive) To cool rapidly by dipping into a bath of coolant, as a blacksmith quenching hot iron.
- The swordsmith quenched the sword in an oil bath so that it wouldn't shatter.
extinguish a flame
cool rapidly by immersion
quench (plural quenches)