- IPA: /əˈniːl/
anneal (anneals, present participle annealing; past and past participle annealed)
- (metallurgy) To subject#Verb|subject to great heat and then (often slow) cooling, and sometimes reheating and further cooling, for the purpose of render#Verb|rendering less brittle; to temper; to toughen.
- To cool glass slowly, to minimize internal stress.
- (archaic) To burn colors onto a glass or other surface.
- (genetics, ambitransitive) To make a double-stranded nucleic acid by pairing a single strand with a complementary strand.
- (figurative, archaic or poetic) To strengthen or harden.
- The experience annealed them, strengthening their resolve.
- (harden) indurate, ruggedize, temper; see also Thesaurus:harden
- (strengthen) See also Thesaurus:strengthen
- French: recuire
- German: ausglühen, tempern, anlassen, spannungsfrei glühen, spannungsfrei machen, vergüten
- Portuguese: recozer
- Russian: отжига́ть
- Spanish: recocer, templar
anneal (plural anneals)
- (chemistry, metallurgy) An act of annealing.