quench
verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English -cwencan; akin to Old English -cwincan to vanish, Old Frisian quinka Date: 12th century transitive verb 1. a. put out, extinguish b. to put out the light or fire of <
quench glowing coals with water
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c. to cool (as heated metal) suddenly by immersion (as in oil or water) d. to cause to lose heat or warmth <
you have quenched the warmth of France toward you — Alfred Tennyson
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2. a. to bring (something immaterial) to an end typically by satisfying, damping, cooling, or decreasing <
a rational understanding of the laws of nature can quench impossible desires — Lucius Garvin
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the praise that quenches all desire to read the book — T. S. Eliot
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b. to terminate by or as if by destroying ; eliminate <
the Commonwealth party quenched a whole generation of play-acting — Margery Bailey
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quench a rebellion
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c. to relieve or satisfy with liquid <
quenched his thirst at a wayside spring
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intransitive verb 1. to become extinguished ; cool 2. to become calm ; subsidequenchable adjectivequencher nounquenchless adjective

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