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Definitions of temper

  1. toughen ( steel or glass) by a process of gradually heating and cooling; " temper glass"
  2. a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger; " his temper was well known to all his employees"
  3. restrain or temper
  4. harden by reheating and cooling in oil; " temper steel"
  5. a characteristic ( habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling; " whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time"; " he was in a bad humor"
  6. a sudden outburst of anger; " his temper sparked like damp firewood"
  7. make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate; " she tempered her criticism"
  8. the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking
  9. adjust the pitch ( of pianos)
  10. To mingle in due proportion; to prepare by combining; to modify, as by adding some new element; to qualify, as by an ingredient; hence, to soften; to mollify; to assuage; to soothe; to calm.
  11. To fit together; to adjust; to accomodate.
  12. To bring to a proper degree of hardness; as, to temper iron or steel.
  13. To govern; to manage.
  14. To moisten to a proper consistency and stir thoroughly, as clay for making brick, loam for molding, etc.
  15. The state of any compound substance which results from the mixture of various ingredients; due mixture of different qualities; just combination; as, the temper of mortar.
  16. Constitution of body; temperament; in old writers, the mixture or relative proportion of the four humors, blood, choler, phlegm, and melancholy.
  17. Disposition of mind; the constitution of the mind, particularly with regard to the passions and affections; as, a calm temper; a hasty temper; a fretful temper.
  18. Calmness of mind; moderation; equanimity; composure; as, to keep one's temper.
  19. The state of a metal or other substance, especially as to its hardness, produced by some process of heating or cooling; as, the temper of iron or steel.
  20. Middle state or course; mean; medium.
  21. Milk of lime, or other substance, employed in the process formerly used to clarify sugar.
  22. To accord; to agree; to act and think in conformity.
  23. To have or get a proper or desired state or quality; to grow soft and pliable.
  24. Heat of mind or passion; irritation; proneness to anger; - in a reproachful sense.
  25. To change or regulate; to soften; as, to temper a rebuke with a smile; make gentle; to mix to the proper degree of firmness or softness, as clay; bring to a proper degree of toughness or hardness; as, to temper steel.
  26. State of a metal as to its hardness or toughness; the degree of firmness or softness in a properly proportioned mixture, as of clay or mortar; mental disposition; as, a mild temper; mood; readiness to anger; self- control.
  27. To mix in due proportion: to modify by mixture: to moderate: to soften: to bring to a proper degree of hardness, as a metal.
  28. Due mixture or balance of different or contrary qualities: state of a metal as to hardness, etc.: constitution of the body: state of mind, esp. with regard to feelings: passion: calmness or moderation.
  29. Due mixture; state of a metal as to hardness; constitution of the mind with respect to passion; anger.
  30. To mix in due proportion; modify; moderate; bring to a proper degree of hardness.
  31. To mix in due proportion; modify; moderate; mitigate; calm; adjust.
  32. To bring ( a metal) to a certain degree of hardness.
  33. Passion; irritation.
  34. Disposition.
  35. Self - command; calmness.
  36. The condition of a metal as regards hardness and brittleness.
  37. Due mixture of different qualities or ingredients, or the resulting state of the compound; temperament; disposition or state of mind as regards passions and feelings; moderation; heat of mind or passion; irritation; the state of a metal, particularly as to its hardness; middle course; mean or medium.
  38. To mix so that one part qualifies the other; to modify by mixture; to mix in due proportion; to unite in due proportion; to accommodate; to soften or mollify; to form to a proper degree of hardness.
  39. To mix so that one part qualifies the other; to qualify; to make fit; to unite in due proportion; to form to a proper degree of hardness, as metals; to soften; to mollify.
  40. A mixture of different qualities in due proportion; the state of a substance made up from the mixture of various ingredients; the state or constitution of the mind; disposition of mind; mood; irritation; the state of a metal as to its quality of hardness.
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Usage examples for temper

  1. He may have said what he did say in temper. – The Short Works of George Meredith by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  2. I could have told you this morning, but I fear I was in a bad temper, Petrie. – The Devil Doctor by Sax Rohmer
  3. It was more than her temper, never of the best, could stand. – The Adventures of Prickly Porky by Thornton W. Burgess
  4. Then Hugo lost his temper. – A Boy's Ride by Gulielma Zollinger
  5. A sound temper had never been her strong point. – Madge Morton's Trust by Amy D. V. Chalmers
  6. Patricia's temper isn't a temper at all. – Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker by Marguerite Bryant
  7. I know his temper well. – The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete by Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  8. Sandy's temper began to rise once more. – The Story of Wool by Sara Ware Bassett
  9. But he failed to take account of the Norsemen's temper. – The Story of Norway by Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  10. Ethie had a temper- at least she was very decided. – Ethelyn's Mistake by Mary Jane Holmes
  11. I fancy that she had at times, not too often, " a temper of her own." – The House of Souls by Arthur Machen
  12. Then, too, her temper grew worse. – Queer Stories for Boys and Girls by Edward Eggleston
  13. As for my temper, it's a lot better. – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple
  14. Virginia kept her temper. – The Crisis, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 6, 2009
  15. The young man saw that no help was to be expected from his father, who was always afraid of his wife's temper, so he said no more, but wrote at once to his own mother's brother to beg his assistance. – The Strange Story Book by Mrs. Andrew Lang
  16. You know his temper: were I or mamma to suggest to him, to go and see some friend, or to go to the club, he would immediately stop at home. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  17. My temper- well, sometimes I'm a bit afraid of it. – The Great Miss Driver by Anthony Hope
  18. But her temper and spirits had begun steadily to give way. – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. He has a very fine temper. – Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica by James Boswell
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