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Anneal

Anneal [ uh'-NEEL ]
 intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (tr. v.) to subject to a process of heating and slow cooling thereby toughening and reducing brittleness
2. (tr. v.) to make harder
3. (intr. v.) to become hardened
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The steel used to make the blade of a samurai sword is annealed in order to toughen it.

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