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temporal

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[ tem-per-uhl, tem-pruhl ]
/ ˈtɛm pər əl, ˈtɛm prəl /
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adjective

noun Usually temporals .

a temporal possession, estate, or the like; temporality.
something that is temporal; a temporal matter or affair.

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Origin of temporal

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1300–50; Middle English (adj. and noun) <Latin temporālis, equivalent to tempor- (stem of tempus) time + -ālis-al1
tem·po·ral·ly, adverbtem·po·ral·ness, noun

Definition for temporal (2 of 2)

temporal2
[ tem-per-uhl, tem-pruhl ]
/ ˈtɛm pər əl, ˈtɛm prəl /
Anatomy, Zoology

adjective

of, relating to, or situated near the temple or a temporal bone.

noun

any of several parts in the temporal region, especially the temporal bone.

Origin of temporal

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1535–45; <Late Latin temporālis, equivalent to tempor- (stem of tempus) temple2 + -ālis-al1
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British Dictionary definitions for temporal (1 of 2)

temporal1
/ (ˈtɛmpərəl, ˈtɛmprəl) /

adjective

of or relating to time
of or relating to secular as opposed to spiritual or religious affairsthe lords spiritual and temporal
lasting for a relatively short time
grammar of or relating to tense or the linguistic expression of time in generala temporal adverb
temporally, adverbtemporalness, noun
C14: from Latin temporālis, from tempus time

British Dictionary definitions for temporal (2 of 2)

temporal2
/ (ˈtɛmpərəl, ˈtɛmprəl) /

adjective

anatomy of, relating to, or near the temple or temples
C16: from Late Latin temporālis belonging to the temples; see temple ²
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Medical definitions for temporal

temporal
[ tĕmpər-əl, tĕmprəl ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or near the temples of the skull.
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Scientific definitions for temporal

temporal
[ tĕmpər-əl ]

Relating to or near the bones that form the sides and part of the base of the skull.
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