• WordNet 3.6
    • n annealing hardening something by heat treatment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Annealing The burning of metallic colors into glass, earthenware, etc.
    • Annealing The process used to render glass, iron, etc., less brittle, performed by allowing them to cool very gradually from a high heat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n annealing The process or art of treating substances by means of heat, so as to remove their brittleness and at the same time render them tough and more or less elastic. In general, these results are obtained by heating to a high temperature and then cooling very gradually. All glassware, china, etc., which is to be subjected to great changes of temperature should be thus treated. The working of iron and steel by hammering, bending, rolling, drawing, etc., tends to harden them and make them brittle, and the original properties are restored by annealing. Steel plates and dies for bank-note printing and the like are annealed in a close box with iron filings or turnings, lime, or other substances, and are thus freed from carbon and reduced to pure soft iron, in which state they will readily take, under pressure, the finest engraving from a hardened plate or die. They are then hardened again to the degree necessary for their use in printing. Steel for engraving dies is commonly annealed by heating it to a bright cherry-red color, and cooling it gradually in a bed of charcoal.
    • n annealing Same as tempering.
    • n annealing A founders' term for the slow treatment of the clay or loam cores for castings, which, after having been dried, are burned or baked, and then are slowly cooled.
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In literature:

Her mouth fused with his; their bodies were sealed and annealed.
"Sons and Lovers" by David Herbert Lawrence
Lord Rosse, therefore, found it necessary to anneal the casting with extreme care by allowing it to cool very slowly.
"Great Astronomers" by R. S. Ball
The glass is then melted again, pressed into a flat disk, and once more put into the annealing oven.
"Side-lights on Astronomy and Kindred Fields of Popular Science" by Simon Newcomb
His enthusiasm anneals him, and makes him pliable to the scenes and influences he moves among.
"Locusts and Wild Honey" by John Burroughs
If the glass is not annealed it is certain to crack when subjected to heat, thus causing vexation and loss of time.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 303" by Various
An ingenious and simple mode of annealing glass has been some time in use by chemists.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
At the cool end of the annealing furnace the bottle is met by the packers and is made ready for shipment.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
Take up one of the large flagstones behind the annealing oven, and dig a hole underneath it in the ground.
"Marietta" by F. Marion Crawford
These parts are of decarbonized cast steel, annealed until almost as soft as sheet brass.
"Watch and Clock Escapements" by Anonymous
Annealed iron, or copper wire is best for this purpose.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson

In poetry:

And sprung from that recurrent storm,
The youthful world exultant wheels,
Where slow Eternity anneals
The manacles of Time and Form;
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
But when thou dost anneal in glasse thy storie,
Making thy life to shine within
The holy preacher's; then the light and glorie
More rev'rend grows, and more doth win;
Which else shows watrish, bleak, and thin.
"The Windows" by George Herbert
One throb of joy, one pulse of pain,
One moment's thought between the twain:
A heart that broke—a death that healed,
So wretched that it half annealed;
Yet sadder fate on Lindsay's head—
A heart that beat although 'twas dead. VI.
"The Battle-Day, Or, The Lost Army" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Bohler Uddeholm Orders Bell- Annealer Facility.
Indian Company Orders Bell- Annealer Facility.
In-situ crankshaft annealing : Photo credit Goltens.
Dubai-based Goltens Worldwide secures Germanischer Lloyd approval for In-situ crankshaft annealing for medium speed 4-stroke diesel engines.
Ferrous Metal to Double Toll Anneal Capacity Jun 30, 2010 Printable format Email this Article Search.
Ferrous Metal Processing began work on an expansion of its hydrogen annealing facility in Cleveland, OH.
Yes, the fused assemblies can be annealed and or hardened by a typical heat treat process.
Recently installed a 20,000 pound/hour Roller Hearth Annealing Furnace Line for a major manufacturer in Ohio.
Recently installed a 20,000-pound/hour roller- hearth annealing furnace line for an Ohio-based manufacturer.
LOI Thermprocess to Supply Annealing Plant.
Construction has begun at California Steel Industries, Fontana, CA, for the second phase of a batch annealing consolidation project.
Annealing and Pickling Line Contract Awarded.
Is there a method to gold plate 304 stainless steel and then anneal it at 1700°F.
Announced the successful start-up of a 1,000-KW, 3-kHz seam annealing system at Tex-Tube Company in Houston, Texas.
Nichols Aluminum, a subsidiary of Quanex Building Products, purchased a Vortex® Jet Heating coil annealing furnace from SECO/WARWICK.

In science:

Annealed large deviations for diffusions in a random Gaussian shear flow drift.
Quenched large deviations for diffusions in a random Gaussian shear flow drift
Optimization by simulated annealing: An experimental evaluation; part 1, graph bi-partitioning.
Random Geometric Graphs
The essence of the result is that the law of an edge oriented reinforced random walk coincides with the annealed laws of a RWRE if the law of reinforcement satisfies the following condition: at one point the probability of a sequence of successive moves depends only on the number of each type of move.
A note on edge oriented reinforced random walks and RWRE
As a corrolary, the uniqueness of this moment problem implies that the annealed law determines the quenched law for RWRE.
A note on edge oriented reinforced random walks and RWRE
Finally we denote by Px the annealed measure i.e.
A note on edge oriented reinforced random walks and RWRE