anneal (third-person singular simple present anneals, present participle annealing, simple past and past participle annealed)
1.to heat (glass, earthenware, metals, etc.) to remove or prevent internal stress.
2.to free from internal stress by heating and gradually cooling.
3.to toughen or temper.
4.Biochemistry. to recombine (nucleic acid strands) at low temperature after separating by heat.
5.to fuse colors onto (a vitreous or metallic surface) by heating.
6.an act, instance, or product of annealing.
1. to temper or toughen (something) by heat treatment
2. to subject to or undergo some physical treatment, esp heating, that removes internal stress, crystal defects, and dislocations
3. (transitive) to toughen or strengthen (the will, determination, etc)
4. (often foll by out) (physics) to disappear or cause to disappear by a rearrangement of atoms, defects anneal out at different temperatures noun
5. an act of annealing Derived Formsannealer, noun Word OriginOld English onǣlan, from on + ǣlan to burn, from āl fireCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
Old English onælan "to set on fire, kindle," from on- "on" + ælan "to burn, bake," from Proto-Germanic *ailan, "probably" [Watkins] from PIE *ai- "to burn" (see ash (n.1)); related to Old English æled "fire, firebrand," Old Norse eldr, Danish ild "fire." Related, Annealed; annealing.
At the Vienna mint the practice has been to anneal silver bars after each passage through the rolls.
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