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 for Annealing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Anneal \An*neal"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Annealed; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Annealing.] [OE. anelen to heat, burn, AS. an?lan; an on
     + ?lan to burn; also OE. anelen to enamel, prob. influenced
     by OF. neeler, nieler, to put a black enamel on gold or
     silver, F. nieller, fr. LL. nigellare to blacken, fr. L.
     nigellus blackish, dim. of niger black. Cf. Niello,
     1. To subject to great heat, and then cool slowly, as glass,
        cast iron, steel, or other metal, for the purpose of
        rendering it less brittle; to temper; to toughen.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To heat, as glass, tiles, or earthenware, in order to fix
        the colors laid on them.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Annealing \An*neal"ing\, n.
     1. The process used to render glass, iron, etc., less
        brittle, performed by allowing them to cool very gradually
        from a high heat.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. The burning of metallic colors into glass, earthenware,
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: hardening something by heat treatment [syn: annealing,

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  simulated annealing
     A technique which can be applied to any minimisation or
     learning process based on successive update steps (either
     random or deterministic) where the update step length is
     proportional to an arbitrarily set parameter which can play
     the role of a temperature.  Then, in analogy with the
     annealing of metals, the temperature is made high in the early
     stages of the process for faster minimisation or learning,
     then is reduced for greater stability.

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