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Dictionary definition for: Quench

1. (v) satisfy (thirst) "The cold water quenched his thirst"

2. (v) 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"

3. (v) 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. (v) suppress or crush completely; "squelch any sign of dissent" "quench a rebellion"

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

6. (v) cool by plunging into cold water; "quench metal"

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