Definition - quenching

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  1. 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"
  2. cool (hot metal) by plunging into cold water or other liquid; "quench steel"
  3. reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance
  4. the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning; "the extinction of the lights"
  5. suppress or crush completely; "squelch any sign of dissent"; "quench a rebellion"
  6. satisfy (thirst); "The cold water quenched his thirst"
  7. electronics: suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit, or suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device