verb (used with object)
to slake, satisfy, or allay (thirst, desires, passion, etc.).
to put out or extinguish (fire, flames, etc.).
to cool suddenly by plunging into a liquid, as in tempering steel by immersion in water.
to subdue or destroy; overcome; quell:
to quench an uprising.
Electronics. to terminate (the flow of electrons in a vacuum tube) by application of a voltage.
to satisfy (one’s thirst, desires, etc); slake
to put out (a fire, flame, etc); extinguish
to put down or quell; suppress: to quench a rebellion
to cool (hot metal) by plunging it into cold water
(physics) to reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance
Old English acwencan “to quench” (of fire, light), from Proto-Germanic *cwandjan, probably a causative form of root of Old English cwincan “to go out, be extinguished,” Old Frisian kwinka. Related: Quenched; quenching.
[kwik-ee] /ˈkwɪk i/ Informal. noun 1. a book, story, movie, etc., usually trivial in quality, requiring only a short time to produce. 2. a quickly consumed alcoholic drink. 3. anything taking only a short time, especially a hurried sexual encounter. adjective 4. done, made, assembled, etc., quickly or hurriedly: I’ll fix a quickie meal after […]
noun 1. . noun 1. a labor strike that has not been called or sanctioned by the officials of the union. noun 1. a strike begun by workers spontaneously or without union approval A strike called in violation of an existing contract between labor and management.
noun, Football. 1. a punt, usually on second or third down, made from an offensive formation not usually used for kicking, intended to go beyond the opposing safety men in order to prevent a possible runback.
- Quick like a bunny
adverb phrase Very quickly [1940s+ Students; possibly a reference to the rapid copulation of rabbits]