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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anneal, temper, normalizeverb

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

    "temper glass"


  1. annealverb

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

  2. annealverb

    To strengthen or harden.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Annealverb

    Etymology: ælan, to heat, Saxon.

    But when thou dost anneal in glass thy story,
    ———— ———— Then the light and glory
    More rev’rend grows, and more doth win,
    Which else shews wat’rish, bleak, and thin. George Herbert.

    When you purpose to anneal, take a plate of iron made fit for the oven; or, for want thereof, take a blue stone, which being made fit for the aforesaid oven, lay it upon the cross bars of iron. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.

    Which her own inward symmetry reveal’d,
    And like a picture shone, in glass anneal’d. John Dryden, Fables.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Annealverb

    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. Annealverb

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

  3. Etymology: [OE. anelen to heat, burn, AS. anlan; an on + lan to burn; also OE. anelen to enamel, prob. influenced by OF. neeler, nieler, to put a black enamel on gold or silver, F. nieller, fr. LL. nigellare to blacken, fr. L. nigellus blackish, dim. of niger black. Cf. Niello, Negro.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anneal

    an-ēl′, v.t. to temper glass or metals by subjecting them to great heat and gradual cooling: to heat in order to fix colours on, as glass.—n. Anneal′ing. [Pfx. an-, and A.S. ælan, to burn.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anneal in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anneal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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