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Definitions of temper

  1. toughen (steel or glass) by a process of gradually heating and cooling; "temper glass" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger; "his temper was well known to all his employees" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. restrain or temper Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. harden by reheating and cooling in oil; "temper steel" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling; "whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time"; "he was in a bad humor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a sudden outburst of anger; "his temper sparked like damp firewood" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate; "she tempered her criticism" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. adjust the pitch (of pianos) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. To mingle in due proportion; to prepare by combining; to modify, as by adding some new element; to qualify, as by an ingredient; hence, to soften; to mollify; to assuage; to soothe; to calm. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To fit together; to adjust; to accomodate. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To bring to a proper degree of hardness; as, to temper iron or steel. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To govern; to manage. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To moisten to a proper consistency and stir thoroughly, as clay for making brick, loam for molding, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To adjust, as the mathematical scale to the actual scale, or to that in actual use. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The state of any compound substance which results from the mixture of various ingredients; due mixture of different qualities; just combination; as, the temper of mortar. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Constitution of body; temperament; in old writers, the mixture or relative proportion of the four humors, blood, choler, phlegm, and melancholy. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Disposition of mind; the constitution of the mind, particularly with regard to the passions and affections; as, a calm temper; a hasty temper; a fretful temper. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Calmness of mind; moderation; equanimity; composure; as, to keep one's temper. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. The state of a metal or other substance, especially as to its hardness, produced by some process of heating or cooling; as, the temper of iron or steel. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Middle state or course; mean; medium. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Milk of lime, or other substance, employed in the process formerly used to clarify sugar. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To accord; to agree; to act and think in conformity. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To have or get a proper or desired state or quality; to grow soft and pliable. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. Heat of mind or passion; irritation; proneness to anger; - in a reproachful sense. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To change or regulate; to soften; as, to temper a rebuke with a smile; make gentle; to mix to the proper degree of firmness or softness, as clay; bring to a proper degree of toughness or hardness; as, to temper steel. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. State of a metal as to its hardness or toughness; the degree of firmness or softness in a properly proportioned mixture, as of clay or mortar; mental disposition; as, a mild temper; mood; readiness to anger; self-control. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. To mix in due proportion: to modify by mixture: to moderate: to soften: to bring to a proper degree of hardness, as a metal. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  29. Due mixture or balance of different or contrary qualities: state of a metal as to hardness, etc.: constitution of the body: state of mind, esp. with regard to feelings: passion: calmness or moderation. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  30. Due mixture; state of a metal as to hardness; constitution of the mind with respect to passion; anger. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  31. To mix in due proportion; modify; moderate; bring to a proper degree of hardness. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  32. To mix in due proportion; modify; moderate; mitigate; calm; adjust. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. To bring (a metal) to a certain degree of hardness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. Passion; irritation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. Disposition. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. Self - command; calmness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. The condition of a metal as regards hardness and brittleness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. Due mixture of different qualities or ingredients, or the resulting state of the compound; temperament; disposition or state of mind as regards passions and feelings; moderation; heat of mind or passion; irritation; the state of a metal, particularly as to its hardness; middle course; mean or medium. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  39. To mix so that one part qualifies the other; to modify by mixture; to mix in due proportion; to unite in due proportion; to accommodate; to soften or mollify; to form to a proper degree of hardness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  40. To mix so that one part qualifies the other; to qualify; to make fit; to unite in due proportion; to form to a proper degree of hardness, as metals; to soften; to mollify. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  41. A mixture of different qualities in due proportion; the state of a substance made up from the mixture of various ingredients; the state or constitution of the mind; disposition of mind; mood; irritation; the state of a metal as to its quality of hardness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  42. Heat of mind or passion; irritation; proneness to anger; -- in a reproachful sense. mso.anu.edu.au
  43. Heat of mind or passion; irritation; proneness to anger; in a reproachful sense. dictgcide_fs
  44. tem'p[.e]r, v.t. to mix in due proportion: to modify by blending or mixture: to moderate: to soften: to bring to a proper degree of hardness and elasticity, as steel: to amend or adjust, as a false or imperfect concord.--n. due mixture or balance or different or contrary qualities: state of a metal as to hardness, &c.: constitution of the body: constitutional frame or state of mind, esp. with regard to feelings, disposition, temperament, mood: passion, irritation: calmness or moderation: in sugar-works lime or other substance used to neutralise the acidity of cane-juice.--adjs. TEM'PERABLE, capable of being tempered; TEM'PERED, having a certain specified disposition or temper: brought to a certain temper, as steel: (mus.) tuned or adjusted to some mean, or to equal, temperament.--adv. TEM'PEREDLY.--ns. TEM'PERER; TEM'PERING, the process of giving the required degree of hardness or softness to iron or steel, by heating to redness and cooling in different ways. [L. temper[=a]re, to combine properly, allied to tempus, time.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  45. Prepare (clay &c.) by moistening, mixing, & kneading; bring (metal, esp. steel), (of metal) come, to proper hardness& elasticity by successive heating& cooling; modify, mitigate, (justice &c.) by blending with (mercy &c.); moderate, restrain, tone down; (Mus.) tune, modulate, (piano, organ) in particular TEMPERAMENT. Hence temperable, temperative, aa., temperer n. [Middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  46. Mixture, esp. suitable combination of ingredients (of mortar &c.); resulting condition or consistency; condition of metal as to hardness& elasticity; habitual or temporary disposition of mind, as was of a saturnine, frigid, fiery, placid, t., persons of congenial t., found him in a good t. (not irritable or angry), in a bad t. (peevish, angry); irritation, anger, as fit of t., what a t. he is in!, naughty t. !; lose one\'s t., become angry; keep, control, one\'s t., not lose it; out of t., angry. Hence -tempered a., -temperedly adv. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  47. n. Due mixture of different qualities; just combination;-constitution of body; temperament ;-disposition of mind ; constitution of; the mind, particularly with regard to the passions and affections ;-calmness or soundness of mind ; moderation ;-heat of mind or passion ; proneness to anger; irritation ; irritability; -middle course; medium; a mean state of a metal or other substance, especially as to its hardness, produced by some process of heating or cooling. Cabinet Dictionary

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