- To put out (a fire or light).
- To satisfy (a thirst or desire).
- To cool (a hot metal) by immersion in a liquid.
Middle english: from old english cwencan "put out, extinguish", from cwic "alive" + -an.
- He quickly quenched the fire by pouring water on it.
- She quenched her thirst with a cold glass of water.
- The workers quenched the hot metal in a tank of oil to cool it down.
- The soldiers quenched their thirst after the long march.
- The city quenched the drought with the water from the reservoir.