- temperature gradient,
- temperature inversion,
- temperature spot,
- temperature-humidity index,
- tempest in a teapot,
- tempest, the,
Origin of tempered
- 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)
Origin of temper
Examples from the Web for tempered
But for some of us, while its closing was sad, it was a tempered sadness.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo|Felice Picano|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is illegal in China for a government official to keep a mistress, yet this has not tempered the trend.China’s Concubine Culture Lives On in Mistress Villages|Brendon Hong|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unfortunately, the calamity of a potential default has tempered neither judgment nor passion.
But this year, tempered by loss and a desire to rebrand, the crazy quotient was diminished if far from extinguished.More Sarah Palin Than Ronald Reagan: CPAC’s Paranoid Style|John Avlon|March 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
All of them have tempered their beliefs and describe themselves as Islamist modernizers.
Along the coast of Algeria the heat is tempered by the sea breeze.The World and Its People: Book VII|Anna B. Badlam
"I can only trust that the wind may be tempered to them," he said.The Last Chronicle of Barset|Anthony Trollope
How was the wind to be tempered for the poor lamb who had gone forth shorn down to the very skin!He Knew He Was Right|Anthony Trollope
When the anvil has received its due form, it is faced with steel, and is then tempered in cold water.
Tell me not of the lenity with which this cruel law is tempered to its unhappy subjects.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 5 (of 20)|Charles Sumner
- (of a scale) having the frequency differences between notes adjusted in accordance with the system of equal temperamentSee temperament
- (of an interval) expanded or contracted from the state of being pure
- 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)
Word Origin for temper
late 14c., "due proportion of elements or qualities," from temper (v.). The sense of "characteristic state of mind" is first recorded 1590s; that of "calm state of mind" in c.1600; and that of "angry state of mind" (for bad temper) in 1828. Meaning "degree of hardness and resiliency in steel" is from late 15c.
late Old English temprian "to bring to a proper or suitable state, to modify some excessive quality, to restrain within due limits," from Latin temperare "to mix correctly, moderate, regulate, blend," usually described as from tempus "time, season" (see temporal), with a sense of "proper time or season," but the sense history is obscure. Meaning "to make (steel) hard and elastic" is from late 14c. Sense of "to tune the pitch of a musical instrument" is recorded from c.1300. Related: Tempered; tempering.
see hold one's temper; lose one's temper.