- the degree of hardness and strength imparted to a metal, as by quenching, heat treatment, or cold working.
- the percentage of carbon in tool steel.
- the operation of tempering.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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He could be moody and irritable in the best of times, but now it was ratcheted up to new levels of intensity, and it seemed like I was often bearing the brunt of his foul temper.
JaMarcus had always been slow to anger, but DeArthur noticed he was developing a temper.For Years, JaMarcus Crews Tried to Get a New Kidney, but Corporate Healthcare Stood in the Way|by Lizzie Presser|December 15, 2020|ProPublica
It felt like really bad parenting — your child threw a temper tantrum and you gave him the cake just to shut him up.
He had a temper we couldn’t predict, but in the afternoons, the two of us could spend hours exploring the world inside his parking lot.
I can’t rationalize as much as I want to why I was a yeller or continue to have a bad temper.Momofuku’s David Chang on the big changes the restaurant industry needs to make to survive|Beth Kowitt|September 14, 2020|Fortune
“When I was a kid I used to have temper tantrums on the basketball court,” he says.
“I have an unfortunate temper that flares up not too often, thank God,” Baquet says.
He is said to have received a warning from the overall al Qaeda organization to temper his videos.From ISIS Videos to JLaw Nudes, When Is Looking Abetting Evil?|Michael Daly|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Any argument I try to hold comes tumbling out in the form of a whiny temper tantrum.
Again, the Israeli temper is hot and quick, sometimes reason becomes blinded and emotions take control.
The Marshals were inclined to attribute their disgrace to the ill-will of Berthier and not to the temper of Napoleon.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
But he marred it all by a temper so ungovernable that in Paris there was current a byword, "Explosive as Garnache."St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
If any one has lost his temper, as well as his money, he takes good care not to show it; to do so here would be indeed bad form.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Victor was the younger son and brother—a tete montee, with a temper which invited violence and a will which no ax could break.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
All these exhibitions of temper and anger result from what I have pointed out to your Majesty in many other letters.
British Dictionary definitions for temper
- to adjust the frequency differences between the notes of a scale on (a keyboard instrument) in order to allow modulation into other keys
- to make such an adjustment to the pitches of notes in (a scale)
Derived forms of tempertemperable, adjectivetemperability, nountemperer, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with temper
see hold one's temper; lose one's temper.