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adjective (well tempered when postpositive)
(of a musical scale or instrument) conforming to the system of equal temperament See temperament (sense 4)
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  • On the contrary, the well-tempered Clavichord grows younger with time.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • The Sajous are well-tempered creatures, and easily domesticated.

  • Well, they make bayonets there now, just as sharp and just as well-tempered.

    George Brown

    John Lewis
  • I could, with well-tempered steel, cut asunder a seven-times-folded piece of silk at one blow without fraying out a thread.

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • It was forged of some bluish metal that seemed as strong and flexible as well-tempered steel.

    The Golden Amazons of Venus John Murray Reynolds
  • Since even a light and well-tempered helmet is an uncomfortable thing, you seldom wear it until just before going into action.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • These turrets are composed of well-tempered black earth, and stand nearly three feet high.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • Of all painters he was most successful in preserving the clearness and the light of pure, well-tempered colours.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3 John Addington Symonds
  • The whole affair depended on those two weapons; the end would be decided by a well-tempered, well-sharpened piece of steel.

    The conquest of Rome Matilde Serao
  • Formerly, a mass of well-tempered white clay, perforated by means of a well-greased goose-quill, was used instead of metal moulds.

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