temper: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (tem'pur), [key]
- a particular state of mind or feelings.
- habit of mind, esp. with respect to irritability or patience, outbursts of anger, or the like; disposition: an even temper.
- heat of mind or passion, shown in outbursts of anger, resentment, etc.
- calm disposition or state of mind: to be out of temper.
- a substance added to something to modify its properties or qualities.
- 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.
- a middle course; compromise.
- the constitution or character of a substance.
- to moderate or mitigate: to temper justice with mercy.
- to soften or tone down.
- to bring to a proper, suitable, or desirable state by or as by blending or admixture.
- to moisten, mix, and work up into proper consistency, as clay or mortar.
- to impart strength or toughness to (steel or cast iron) by heating and cooling.
- to produce internal stresses in (glass) by sudden cooling from low red heat; toughen.
- to tune (a keyboard instrument, as a piano, organ, or harpsichord) so as to make the tones available in different keys or tonalities.
- to modify (color) by mixing with a medium.
- to combine or blend in due proportions.
- to pacify.
- to be or become tempered.
- temper (Thesaurus)