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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Quench \Quench\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quenched; p. pr. & vb. n. Quenching.] [OE. quenchen, AS. cwencan in [=a]cwencan, to extinguish utterly, causative of cwincan, [=a]cwincan, to decrease, disappear; cf. AS. cw[imac]nan, [=a]cw[imac]nan, to waste or dwindle away.] 1. To extinguish; to overwhelm; to make an end of; -- said of flame and fire, of things burning, and figuratively of sensations and emotions; as, to quench flame; to quench a candle; to quench thirst, love, hate, etc. [1913 Webster] Ere our blood shall quench that fire. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The supposition of the lady's death Will quench the wonder of her infamy. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To cool suddenly, as heated steel, in tempering. [1913 Webster] Syn: To extinguish; still; stifle; allay; cool; check. [1913 Webster]