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Princeton's WordNet

  1. extinction, extinguishing, quenchingnoun

    the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning

    "the extinction of the lights"

Wiktionary

  1. quenchingnoun

    The extinction of any of several physical properties.

  2. quenchingnoun

    The rapid cooling of a hot metal object, by placing it in a liquid, in order to harden it.

Wikipedia

  1. Quenching

    In materials science, quenching is the rapid cooling of a workpiece in water, oil, polymer, air, or other fluids to obtain certain material properties. A type of heat treating, quenching prevents undesired low-temperature processes, such as phase transformations, from occurring. It does this by reducing the window of time during which these undesired reactions are both thermodynamically favorable, and kinetically accessible; for instance, quenching can reduce the crystal grain size of both metallic and plastic materials, increasing their hardness. In metallurgy, quenching is most commonly used to harden steel by inducing a martensite transformation, where the steel must be rapidly cooled through its eutectoid point, the temperature at which austenite becomes unstable. In steel alloyed with metals such as nickel and manganese, the eutectoid temperature becomes much lower, but the kinetic barriers to phase transformation remain the same. This allows quenching to start at a lower temperature, making the process much easier. High-speed steel also has added tungsten, which serves to raise kinetic barriers, which among other effects gives material properties (hardness and abrasion resistance) as though the workpiece had been cooled more rapidly than it really has. Even cooling such alloys slowly in air has most of the desired effects of quenching; high-speed steel weakens much less from heat cycling due to high-speed cutting.Extremely rapid cooling can prevent the formation of all crystal structure, resulting in amorphous metal or "metallic glass".

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  1. quenching

    Quenching is a process used in material science, specifically in heat treatment and metallurgy. It involves rapidly cooling a material (often a metal) from a high temperature, by immersing it into a medium such as water, oil, or air. This rapid cooling causes the material's microstructure to change, enhancing its hardness and strength or altering its magnetic properties. The choice of quenching medium and the cooling rate can significantly affect the final properties of the material. The term "quenching" can also be used in other scientific contexts to refer to processes that rapidly reduce or eliminate a given activity or effect.

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  1. Quenching

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  1. Quenching

    In materials science, quenching is the rapid cooling of a workpiece to obtain certain material properties. It prevents low-temperature processes, such as phase transformations, from occurring by only providing a narrow window of time in which the reaction is both thermodynamically favorable and kinetically accessible. For instance, it can reduce crystallinity and thereby increase toughness of both alloys and plastics. In metallurgy, it is most commonly used to harden steel by introducing martensite, in which case the steel must be rapidly cooled through its eutectoid point, the temperature at which austenite becomes unstable. In steel alloyed with metals such as nickel and manganese, the eutectoid temperature becomes much lower, but the kinetic barriers to phase transformation remain the same. This allows quenching to start at a lower temperature, making the process much easier. High speed steel also has added tungsten, which serves to raise kinetic barriers and give the illusion that the material has been cooled more rapidly than it really has. Even cooling such alloys slowly in air has most of the desired effects of quenching. Extremely rapid cooling can prevent the formation of all crystal structure, resulting in amorphous metal or "metallic glass".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quenching in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quenching in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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    It is breaking the back of this fire season, no doubt, the rain is good for business and farms as well as being really good for quenching some of these fires we've been dealing with for many, many months.

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    The explosion and subsequent quenching of SPAC enthusiasm in developed markets provides a potential lesson for emerging markets to learn from.

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