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QUENCH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does quench mean? 

QUENCH (verb)
  The verb QUENCH has 6 senses:

1. satisfy (thirst)
2. put out, as of fires, flames, or lights
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
4. suppress or crush completely
5. reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance
6. cool (hot metal) by plunging into cold water or other liquid

  Familiarity information: QUENCH used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


QUENCH (verb)


Sense 1quench [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Satisfy (thirst)

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

slake; quench; assuage; allay

Context example:

The cold water quenched his thirst

Hypernyms (to "quench" is one way to...):

fill; fulfil; fulfill; meet; satisfy (fill or meet a want or need)

"Quench" entails doing...:

consume; have; ingest; take; take in (serve oneself to, or consume regularly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2quench [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put out, as of fires, flames, or lights

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Synonyms:

blow out; extinguish; quench; snuff out

Context examples:

Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained / quench the flames / snuff out the candles

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "quench"):

stub (extinguish by crushing)

douse; put out (put out, as of a candle or a light)

black out (obliterate or extinguish)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3quench [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "quench" is one way to...):

hold back; keep; keep back; restrain; suppress (keep under control; keep in check)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4quench [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suppress or crush completely

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

quell; squelch; quench

Context examples:

squelch any sign of dissent / quench a rebellion

Hypernyms (to "quench" is one way to...):

conquer; curb; inhibit; stamp down; subdue; suppress (to put down by force or authority)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5quench [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "quench" is one way to...):

bring down; cut; cut back; cut down; reduce; trim; trim back; trim down (cut down on; make a reduction in)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6quench [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cool (hot metal) by plunging into cold water or other liquid

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

quench steel

Hypernyms (to "quench" is one way to...):

chill; cool; cool down (make cool or cooler)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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