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Definition of "anneal" []

  • To subject (glass or metal) to a process of heating and slow cooling in order to toughen and reduce brittleness. (verb-transitive)
  • To strengthen or harden. (verb-transitive)
  • To become strengthened or hardened: "the time she needed for opinion to anneal around her policy” ( Alexander M. Haig, Jr.) (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "anneal" in a sentence
  • "(For the record: I pronounce it like the word "anneal", used in glassmaking.)"
  • "The Windows.l. 6. 'anneal', i.e. fix the colours by heating the glass."
  • "I find that when a neck splits, or the neck won't hold the bullet, it is time to anneal that whole lot."
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