Definitions for annealəˈnil

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to heat (glass, earthenware, metals, etc.) to remove or prevent internal stress.

    Category: Metallurgy, Ceramics

  2. to free from internal stress by heating and gradually cooling.

    Category: Metallurgy, Ceramics

  3. to toughen or temper.

  4. to recombine (nucleic acid strands) at low temperature after separating by heat.

    Category: Biochemistry

  5. to fuse colors onto (a vitreous or metallic surface) by heating.

    Category: Ceramics

Origin of anneal:

bef. 1000; ME anelen, OE anǣlan to kindle =an-on+ǣlan to burn, akin to āl fire


Princeton's WordNet

  1. anneal, temper, normalize(verb)

    bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling

    "temper glass"


  1. anneal(Verb)

    To subject to great heat, and then cool slowly for the purpose of rendering less brittle; to temper; to toughen.

  2. anneal(Verb)

    To strengthen or harden.

    There was more than one way to anneal them with regards to resolve.

  3. Origin: From anelen, onelen, from anælan, onælan, from ana + ailijanan, from aidʰ-. Related to onal, al, eldur, eld, ild.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anneal(verb)

    to subject to great heat, and then cool slowly, as glass, cast iron, steel, or other metal, for the purpose of rendering it less brittle; to temper; to toughen

  2. Anneal(verb)

    to heat, as glass, tiles, or earthenware, in order to fix the colors laid on them

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