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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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  • The talk often turned to grand old Bach and his "well-tempered Clavichord," to which in those early days, he gave ardent study.

  • The Sajous are well-tempered creatures, and easily domesticated.

  • On the contrary, the well-tempered Clavichord grows younger with time.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • 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
  • Formerly, a mass of well-tempered white clay, perforated by means of a well-greased goose-quill, was used instead of metal moulds.

  • 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
  • As for illustration, or cementing the broken pieces of well-tempered mortar, blame him not in that!

  • Not only does Jellicoe lack inches, but Nature built him on the lean, light pattern, yet hard as well-tempered steel.

    Admiral Jellicoe Arthur Applin
  • These turrets are composed of well-tempered black earth, and stand nearly three feet high.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • I find much prevalent ignorance among amateurs regarding the 74 meaning of “well-tempered” as used in this title.

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