|1.||to satisfy (one's thirst, desires, etc); slake|
|2.||to put out (a fire, flame, etc); extinguish|
|3.||to put down or quell; suppress: to quench a rebellion|
|4.||to cool (hot metal) by plunging it into cold water|
|5.||physics to reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance|
|a. to suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit|
|b. to suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device|
|[Old English ācwencan to extinguish; related to Old Frisian quinka to vanish]|
quenching quench·ing (kwěn'chĭng)
The process of extinguishing, removing, or diminishing a physical property such as heat or light.
The shifting of the energy spectrum from a true to a lower energy that occurs in liquid scintillation counting of beta emissions; caused by interfering materials in the counting solution, including foreign chemicals.