AskDefine | Define annealing

Dictionary Definition

annealing n : hardening something by heat treatment [syn: tempering]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. In metallurgy, the process of heating solid metal to high temperatures and cooling it slowly so that its particles arrange into a defined lattice.
    Without annealing, the quality of our metal products will diminish.

Derived terms


process of melting solid metal
  • Czech: žíhání
  • German: Glühen
  • Korean: 열처리


  • Parthasarathy, S. and Chandrasekharan Rajendran, "A simulated annealing heuristic for scheduling to minimize mean weighted tardiness in a flowshop with mean weighted tardiness in a flowshop with sequence-dependent setup times of jobs—a case study". Production Planning & Control, 1997, vol 8, no. 5, page 476.


  1. present participle of anneal

Extensive Definition

Annealing may refer to:-
  • Annealing (metallurgy), a heat treatment that alters the microstructure of a material causing changes in properties such as strength and hardness
  • Annealing (glass), heating a piece of glass to remove stress
  • Annealing (biology), DNA or RNA pairing by hydrogen bonds to a complementary sequence, forming a double-stranded polynucleotide
  • Simulated annealing, a technique for searching for a solution in a space otherwise too large for "ordinary" search methods to yield results
  • Information annealing or knowledge annealing, a network-based information system in which all users of the system are permitted to change the system at will
  • Quantum annealing, a method for finding solutions to combinatorial optimisation problems and ground states of glassy systems using quantum fluctuations
  • Full annealing, the annealing process of ferrous alloys.
annealing in French: Hybridation
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