• (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."

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