Quench Quench, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Quenched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quenching}.] [OE. quenchen, AS. cwencan in [=a]cwencan, to extinguish utterly, causative of cwincan, [=a]cwincan, to decrease, disappear; cf. AS. cw[=i]nan, [=a]cw[=i]nan, to waste or dwindle away.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Ere our blood shall quench that fire. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The supposition of the lady's death Will quench the wonder of her infamy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To cool suddenly, as heated steel, in tempering. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To extinguish; still; stifle; allay; cool; check. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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