quench n

see quench, v.

  1. Smothering; act of extinguishing; process of snuffing out; [fig.] end; death; act of killing; termination of life.

quench [-ed, -ing] v

ME cwenken < OE cwincan, go out, be extinguished.

  1. Expire; ebb; fade; die down; vanish slowly; gradually lose intensity; [fig.] exit; depart; die; set; disappear beyond the horizon.
  2. Extinguish; snuff out; put out; [fig.] drown; kill.