- (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, metallurgy) 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.
- (transitive, chemistry) To terminate or greatly diminish (a chemical reaction) by destroying or deforming the remaining reagents.
satisfy a thirst
extinguish a flame
cool rapidly by immersion
quench (plural quenches)