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tr.v. aus·formed, aus·form·ing, aus·forms
To subject (especially steel) to deformation, quenching, and tempering to improve its wear properties.
[aus(tenitic) + (de)form.]
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(Metallurgy) a treatment to strengthen hard steels, prior to quenching, in which the specimen is plastically deformed while it is in the austenite temperature range
[C20: from aus(tenitic) + (de)form]
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