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Annealing definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ANNE'ALING, ppr. heating; tempering by heat.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: hardening something by heat treatment [syn: annealing, tempering]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Annealing An*neal"ing, n. 1. The process used to render glass, iron, etc., less brittle, performed by allowing them to cool very gradually from a high heat. 2. The burning of metallic colors into glass, earthenware, etc.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Anneal An*neal", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Annealed; p. pr. & vb. n. Annealing.] [OE. anelen to heat, burn, AS. an?lan; an on + ?lan to burn; also OE. anelen to enamel, prob. influenced by OF. neeler, nieler, to put a black enamel on gold or silver, F. nieller, fr. LL. nigellare to blacken, fr. L. nigellus blackish, dim. of niger black. Cf. Niello, Negro.] 1. To subject to great heat, and then cool slowly, as glass, cast iron, steel, or other metal, for the purpose of rendering it less brittle; to temper; to toughen. 2. To heat, as glass, tiles, or earthenware, in order to fix the colors laid on them.




 


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