- (physics) The abnormal termination of operation of a superconducting magnet, occurring when part of the superconducting coil enters the normal (resistive) state.
- (transitive) To extinguish or put out (as a fire or light.)
"Then the MacManus went down. The sudden quench of the white light was how I knew it. -- Saul Bellow"
- (transitive) To satisfy, especially an actual or figurative thirst.
"The library quenched her thirst for knowledge."
- (transitive) To cool rapidly by dipping into a bath of coolant, as a blacksmith quenching hot iron.
"The swordsmith quenched the sword in an oil bath so that it wouldn't shatter."