I may have gotten quenching and annealing mixed up. Cuz every time I heat a bolt, cool it down real quick (which I call quenching) I usually do that just to break the thread loose. But once you do that, no chance in hell of drilling it. So I leaned something today, well actually two things.
First, don't believe every first thing you read on internet. ( I actually knew that, just trying to attempt humor)
Second, always double check before trying to attempt to learn new terms you don`t quite master. Do your research first on many sites.
As the first definition I fell upon today said annealing was the process of toughening steel, where as all other definitions said annealing was to slowly heat and slowly cool thus softening the metal, which I am assuming is what he (GRC) meant. I understood his concept even though it did not explain the annealing proccess, but was confused by the word. Hence I questioned him and wanted to correct him, but then I questioned myself first before doing that. So I did my research, found the first definition to be of my initial understanding of the word, but when I went further, found all other definitions of the word to be exactly what GRCauto said. I would have felt like an idot having tried to correct GRC when in fact, his terminology was good and my understanding of it was erroneous.
In a trade such as ours, which is very technical, definitions are very important. That is why I love this site. Since 2008, my understanding of the written english word has vastly improved. It was always above average for the frenchman I am due to me having lived in Ontario for many years, but as I said, due to this site, it improves everyday. Such as the example I just had here with the word anneal. So upon reading the first definition, it makes no sense and the person that published that is wrong, and google actually has that as first up in its algorythm and it is false and conflicting. But since I have no way or no interest in trying to correct google, f it.