Definitions of temper

  1. 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.
  2. To fit together; to adjust; to accomodate.
  3. To bring to a proper degree of hardness; as, to temper iron or steel.
  4. To govern; to manage.
  5. To moisten to a proper consistency and stir thoroughly, as clay for making brick, loam for molding, etc.
  6. 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.
  7. To mix in due proportion: to modify by mixture: to moderate: to soften: to bring to a proper degree of hardness, as a metal.
  8. To mix in due proportion; modify; moderate; bring to a proper degree of hardness.
  9. To mix in due proportion; modify; moderate; mitigate; calm; adjust.
  10. To bring ( a metal) to a certain degree of hardness.
  11. To accord; to agree; to act and think in conformity.
  12. To have or get a proper or desired state or quality; to grow soft and pliable.
  13. toughen ( steel or glass) by a process of gradually heating and cooling; " temper glass"
  14. adjust the pitch ( of pianos)
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger; " his temper was well known to all his employees"
  18. 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.
  19. Constitution of body; temperament; in old writers, the mixture or relative proportion of the four humors, blood, choler, phlegm, and melancholy.
  20. 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.
  21. Calmness of mind; moderation; equanimity; composure; as, to keep one's temper.
  22. 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.
  23. Middle state or course; mean; medium.
  24. Milk of lime, or other substance, employed in the process formerly used to clarify sugar.
  25. Heat of mind or passion; irritation; proneness to anger; - in a reproachful sense.
  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. 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.
  28. Due mixture; state of a metal as to hardness; constitution of the mind with respect to passion; anger.
  29. Passion; irritation.
  30. Disposition.
  31. Self - command; calmness.
  32. The condition of a metal as regards hardness and brittleness.
  33. 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.
  34. 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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