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Definitions of temper

  1. 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
  2. To fit together; to adjust; to accomodate. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To bring to a proper degree of hardness; as, to temper iron or steel. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To govern; to manage. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To moisten to a proper consistency and stir thoroughly, as clay for making brick, loam for molding, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. To mix in due proportion; modify; moderate; mitigate; calm; adjust. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To bring (a metal) to a certain degree of hardness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To accord; to agree; to act and think in conformity. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To have or get a proper or desired state or quality; to grow soft and pliable. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. toughen (steel or glass) by a process of gradually heating and cooling; "temper glass" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. adjust the pitch (of pianos) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger; "his temper was well known to all his employees" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. 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
  20. Constitution of body; temperament; in old writers, the mixture or relative proportion of the four humors, blood, choler, phlegm, and melancholy. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. 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
  22. Calmness of mind; moderation; equanimity; composure; as, to keep one's temper. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. 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
  24. Middle state or course; mean; medium. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. Milk of lime, or other substance, employed in the process formerly used to clarify sugar. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Heat of mind or passion; irritation; proneness to anger; - in a reproachful sense. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Passion; irritation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. Disposition. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. Self - command; calmness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. The condition of a metal as regards hardness and brittleness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.

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Usage examples for temper

  1. He may have said what he did say in temper – The Short Works of George Meredith by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  2. I could have told you this morning, but I fear I was in a bad temper Petrie. – The Devil Doctor by Sax Rohmer
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