Definitions of tempered

  1. The process of giving the requisite degree of hardness or softness to a substance, as iron and steel; especially, the process of giving to steel the degree of hardness required for various purposes, consisting usually in first plunging the article, when heated to redness, in cold water or other liquid, to give an excess of hardness, and then reheating it gradually until the hardness is reduced or drawn down to the degree required, as indicated by the color produced on a polished portion, or by the burning of oil. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. of Temper Webster Dictionary DB
  3. made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment; "a sword of tempered steel"; "tempered glass" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Having some special kind of disposition; as, ill-tempered; hardened; as, tempered steel. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Constitutionally disposed. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. Well-disposed; not irritable or passionate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for tempered

  1. He is a big man, handsome and burly, and he seems good- tempered – In Luck at Last by Walter Besant
  2. That was the name her mother gave her when she was a baby, and she was so good- tempered that everybody continued to call her Sweetest Susan when she grew older. – Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country by Joel Chandler Harris