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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quench, slake, allay, assuageverb

    satisfy (thirst)

    "The cold water quenched his thirst"

  2. snuff out, blow out, extinguish, quenchverb

    put out, as of fires, flames, or lights

    "Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained"; "quench the flames"; "snuff out the candles"

  3. quenchverb

    electronics: suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit, or suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device

  4. squelch, quell, quenchverb

    suppress or crush completely

    "squelch any sign of dissent"; "quench a rebellion"

  5. quenchverb

    reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance

  6. quenchverb

    cool (hot metal) by plunging into cold water or other liquid

    "quench steel"


  1. quenchnoun

    The abnormal termination of operation of a superconducting magnet, occurring when part of the superconducting coil enters the normal (resistive) state.

  2. quenchverb

    To satisfy, especially an actual or figurative thirst.

    The library quenched her thirst for knowledge.

  3. quenchverb

    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

  4. quenchverb

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To QUENCHverb

    Since stream, air, sand, mine eyes and ears conspire,
    What hope to quench, where each thing blows the fire. Philip Sidney.

    No English soul
    More stronger to direct you than yourself;
    If with the sap of reason you would quench,
    Or but allay, the fire of passion. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    This is the way to kindle, not to quench. William Shakespeare.

    A little fire is quickly trodden out,
    Which, being suffer’d, rivers cannot quench. William Shakespeare.

    The fire had power in the water, forgetting his own virtue; and the water forgat his own quenching nature. Wisd. xix. 20.

    Milk quencheth wild-fire better than water, because it entreth better. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Subdu’d in fire the stubborn metal lies;
    One draws and blows reciprocating air,
    Others to quench the hissing mass prepare. Dryden.

    You have already quench’d sedition’s brand,
    And zeal, which burnt it, only warms the land. Dryden.

    When your work is forged, do not quench it in water to cool it, but throw it down upon the floor or hearth to cool of itself; for the quenching of it in water will harden it. Joseph Moxon.

    But if all aim but this be levell’d false,
    The supposition of the lady’s death
    Will quench the wonder of her infamy. William Shakespeare.

    Every draught to him, that has quenched his thirst, is but a further quenching of nature, a provision for rheum and diseases, a drowning of the spirits. South.

    When death’s form appears, she feareth not
    An utter quenching or extinguishment;
    She would be glad to meet with such a lot,
    That so she might all future ill prevent. Davies.

    Covered with skin and hair keeps it warm, being naturally very cold, and also to quench and dissipate the force of any stroke, and retund the edge of any weapon. John Ray.

  2. To Quenchverb

    To cool; to grow cool.

    Dost thou think, in time
    She will not quench, and let instructions enter
    Where folly now possesses? William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quenchverb

    to extinguish; to overwhelm; to make an end of; -- said of flame and fire, of things burning, and figuratively of sensations and emotions; as, to quench flame; to quench a candle; to quench thirst, love, hate, etc

  2. Quenchverb

    to cool suddenly, as heated steel, in tempering

  3. Quenchverb

    to become extinguished; to go out; to become calm or cool

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quench

    kwensh, v.t. to put out: to destroy: to check: to allay: to place in water.—v.i. to lose zeal, grow cold.—adj. Quench′able, that may be extinguished.—ns. Quench′er, one who, or that which, quenches: a draught or drink; Quench′ing, act of extinguishing: the act of cooling the surface of molten metal and forming rosettes in the crust.—adj. Quench′less, that cannot be extinguished: irrepressible.—adv. Quench′lessly.—n. Quench′lessness. [A.S. cwencan, to quench, causal of cwincan; cf. Old Fries. kwinka, to go out.]


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quench in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quench in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of quench in a Sentence

  1. Vincent van Gogh:

    Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.

  2. AiR Atman in Ravi:

    Desire is like a fire…In the end it makes us burst. And though we achieve what we want, it will never Quench our thirst.


    I was the first to create a youth group and club to focus on the education of youths in trench town and surrounding areas. this was in 1963 while I was still a student at-st. georges college- high school. trench town will always be my water hole from which I shall drink of africa to quench my thirstthis is also one of my many original quotes.

  4. John Donne:

    He must pull out his own eyes, and see no creature, before he can say, he sees no God; He must be no man, and quench his reasonable soul, before he can say to himself, there is no God.

  5. Ricardo A Scott:

    trench town is my water hole from which I shall drink of africa to quench my thirst- ricardo scott poetical works

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    a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
    • A. encumbrance
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    • C. arborolatry
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