(noun, verb)


1. (physics) The abnormal termination of operation of a superconducting magnet, occurring when part of the superconducting coil enters the normal (resistive) state.


1. satisfy (thirst)

- The cold water quenched his thirst

Similar word(s): allay, assuage, slake

Definition categories: consumption, fill, fit, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy

2. put out, as of fires, flames, or lights

- quench the flames

Similar word(s): extinguish

Definition categories: weather

3. electronics: suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit, or suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device

Definition categories: social, conquer, subdue, suppress

4. suppress or crush completely

- quench a rebellion

Similar word(s): quell, squelch

Definition categories: change, conquer, subdue, suppress

5. reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance

Definition categories: change, cut, reduce, trim

6. cool (hot metal) by plunging into cold water or other liquid

- quench steel

Definition categories: change, chill, cool

Sentences with quench as a verb:

- The library quenched her thirst for knowledge.

- Then the MacManus went down. The sudden quench of the white light was how I knew it. -- Saul Bellow

- The swordsmith quenched the sword in an oil bath so that it wouldn't shatter.