- 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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Example sentences from the Web for temper
Tempering the turn toward the dark are a bevy of classes on comedy.
It is the standard book on selecting, hardening and tempering all grades of steel.Aviation Engines|Victor Wilfred Pag
Another element was the coiling of this strip of steel preliminary to tempering.
Sewis had the office of tempering a severely distasteful announcement to the squire.The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete|George Meredith
The clearance for the cutting edge is cut off with a hot chisel and made ready for hardening and tempering.The Library of Work and Play: Working in Metals|Charles Conrad Sleffel
The method of tempering and forging practised by these cutlers was much the same as that of the Toledo swordsmiths.The Arts and Crafts of Older Spain, Volume III (of 3)|Leonard Williams
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.