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Meaning of ANNEAL

Pronunciation:  u'neel

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  toughen (steel or glass) by a process of gradually heating and cooling; "temper glass"
 

ANNEAL is a 6 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: normalize, temper
 
 See Also: toughen

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. The sustained heating of a material such as steel or glass at a specific high temperature, followed by gradual cooling; this is done to eliminate weakness or to produce other qualities.
  2. The pairing of complementary DNA or RNA sequences, via hydrogen bonding, to form a double-stranded molecule. Most often used to describe the binding of a short primer or probe.
 
Glossary
 
 Definition: The pairing of complementary DNA or RNA sequences, via hydrogen bonding, to form a double-stranded polynucleotide. Most often used to describe the binding of a short primer or probe.
 

 

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