• WordNet 3.6
    • v quench cool (hot metal) by plunging into cold water or other liquid "quench steel"
    • v quench reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance
    • v quench suppress or crush completely "squelch any sign of dissent","quench a rebellion"
    • v quench satisfy (thirst) "The cold water quenched his thirst"
    • v quench electronics: suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit, or suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device
    • v quench 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Quench To become extinguished; to go out; to become calm or cool. "Dost thou think in time
      She will not quench !"
    • Quench To cool suddenly, as heated steel, in tempering.
    • Quench 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. "Ere our blood shall quench that fire.""The supposition of the lady's death
      Will quench the wonder of her infamy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • quench To extinguish or put out, as fire.
    • quench To extinguish or allay; stop; put an end to, as thirst.
    • quench To relieve the thirst of.
    • quench To suppress; stifle; check; repress; destroy: as, to quench a passion or emotion.
    • quench To lay or place in water, as a heated iron. See temper.
    • quench To be extinguished; go out.
    • quench To lose zeal; cool; become cool.
    • n quench The act of quenching or extinguishing; also, the state of being extinguished.
    • quench To produce a series of crusts on (molten metal), each being taken off as soon as it is formed.
    • n quench A pit or cavity in which water can be thrown upon hot coke just manufactured in an oven, so as to cool it and leach out the soluble sulphur elements.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Quench kwensh to put out: to destroy: to check: to allay: to place in water
    • v.i Quench to lose zeal, grow cold
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  • Thomas Otway
    Thomas Otway
    “Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Foul water will quench fire.”
  • Walter Weckler
    Walter Weckler
    “Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions than salt water has on thirst.”
  • Vincent Van Gogh
    “Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.”
  • Voltaire
    “Superstition sets the whole world in flames; philosophy quenches them.”
  • Dante Alighieri
    “Will cannot be quenched against its will.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. quenchen, AS. cwencan, in ācwencan, to extinguish utterly, causative of cwincan, ācwincan, to decrease, disappear; cf. AS. cwīnan, ācwīnan, to waste or dwindle away


In literature:

Here is a little bottle of liquid with which you can quench the flames at pleasure.
"Manasseh" by Maurus Jokai
He will not quench the smoking flax of beginning grace, and we should quench with all our might the smoking flax of sin.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
We each of us eagerly took a draught to quench our thirst.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Here, spread out this blanket, for if a shower falls but for ten minutes we shall have water enough to quench our thirst.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
Mohammedans claim Abraham, Hagar and Jacob quenched their thirst at this well.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
From boyhood up he is preparing it, or else he is quenching it in darkness.
"St. Cuthbert's" by Robert E. Knowles
They knew that neither the beating of brooms nor the water from their wells could quench the enemy that was upon them.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
While he sought to quench his fierce thirst, she hastily threw off the pony's loosened pack.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
We were then obliged to drink the bitter sea-water, ill as it was calculated to quench our thirst.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
They quenched our thirst, but they could not stop the pangs of hunger.
"My First Cruise" by W.H.G. Kingston
Not far off was a pool, of which there were many in the forest, where he quenched his thirst.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Their blood assisted to quench our thirst; their flesh, too, revived our strength.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Whichever love I choose will drive out and quench the other.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Have not long years of wretchedness yet quenched thee, And, suffering evil, wilt thou start at scorn?
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
They appeared, however, rather cautious of approaching till their more powerful companions had quenched their thirst.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
The water has quenched it.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
The apes plucked down the evening star, and quenched it.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
But the story of her own wrongs did not quench the good dame's curiosity.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
Far from paternal home, the mighty Po Receiv'd his burning corps, and quench'd the flames.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
Let not your quenched hearths be Ate's!
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various

In poetry:

O Bethlehem, 'twas thine to weep
With Rachel o'er the crimson woe
When cruel hands did vainly seek
To quench heaven's radiance below!
"O Bethlehem!" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
For when the death-frost came to lie
On Leggett's warm and mighty heart,
And quenched his bold and friendly eye,
His spirit did not all depart.
"Lines In Memory Of William Leggett" by William Cullen Bryant
Though before our time death frost came to lie
Upon his warm and mighty heart,
And it quenched His bold and tender eye,
His spirit did not all depart.
"Children's Day. I John, 4:4" by Frank Barbour Coffin
It was before Affliction's storm
Had quench'd in tears their living light,
When Youth's affections all were warm,
And Life appear'd all fair — all bright.
"Ennisfall" by Mary Anne Browne
Here's the beauty we thought to win,
And the light is quenched that shone bright within
Here's the body we loved and slew:
Art, but where is the soul of you?
"Dirge For Prince Art" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
"Not the light that was quenched for us, nor the deeds that were,
Nor the ancient days,
Nor the sorrows not sorrowful, nor the face most fair
Of perfect praise."
"Super Flumina Babylonis" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

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For the first time in decades, passersby strolling through the New Haven Green next spring will once again be able to quench their thirst at an iconic fountain.
Chef Richard Gunter Is Out at Quench.
Barstools at Quench, which opened in Rockville this spring.
The city of Mesa has set a record for helping to quench the thirst of homeless and unsheltered people.
As record summer temperatures and severe drought conditions fan across America, Mountain Dew is aiming at quenching the thirst of consumers with a new can that is one-third larger than their traditional 12- ounce offering.
Come and learn how to quench yoursoul.

In science:

Unlike in liquid scintillators, α’s are only slightly quenched in their light output in CsI(Tl).
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
Unlike in liquid scintillators, α’s are only slightly quenched in their light output in CsI(Tl).
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
We consider the Ginzburg–Landau phase transition model with O(n) symmetry (i.e., the n–vector model) which includes a quenched randomness, i.e., a random temperature disorder.
Critical behavior of n-vector model with quenched randomness
The Ginzburg–Landau phase transition model with O(n) symmetry (i.e., the n–vector model) is considered, which includes a quenched random temperature disorder.
Critical behavior of n-vector model with quenched randomness
The standard (pertubative) RG method predicts the change of the universality class by the quenched randomness.
Critical behavior of n-vector model with quenched randomness
It has been used to obtain a better understanding of quenched lattice QCD results [104, 105].
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
There are other non-QCD theories that can be reduced to the same partially quenched partition function.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Here, pqChPT denotes partially quenched chiral perturbation theory, and chRMT stands for chiral random matrix theory.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
This talk is about the stress tensor in generic quenched random systems in which we expect the quenched averaged correlation functions to be those of some conformal field theory.
The Stress Tensor in Quenched Random Systems
In these new experiments, the viscosity dependence of the quenching rate in CWk peptides is measured, isolating the diffusion limited component of the measured quenching rate.
Non-Gaussian dynamics from a simulation of a short peptide: Loop closure rates and effective diffusion coefficients
Though quenched environments are realistic, the statistics based on annealed walks that we derive in the following can be regarded as averages of the statistics of quenched walks over the ensemble of a random graph.
Return times of random walk on generalized random graphs
The up neighbor may be a quenched or a non-quenched site.
Hysteresis in Ferromagnetic Random Field Ising Model with an Arbitrary Initial State
For example, if the random walk is balanced (i.e. π0x = π0,−x ), then Xn becomes a martingale under the quenched measure, and one can show a quenched invariance principle .
An almost sure invariance principle for random walks in a space-time random environment
Since the quenched calculation is achieved by introducing replicas and using the identity ln x = limn→0 (xn − 1)/n , we compute directly the average N (m, H )n for a general integer n, and then treat separately the annealed (n = 1) and quenched (n → 0) cases.
Metastable states and T=0 hysteresis in the random-field Ising model on random graphs
However, under quenched mean centering a quenched invariance principle does hold.
Ballistic Random Walk in a Random Environment with a Forbidden Direction