temper: meaning and definitions

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What is temper?

What is temper?

  • To modify by the addition of a moderating element; moderate: "temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom” ( Robert H. Jackson). See Synonyms at moderate.
  • To bring to a desired consistency, texture, hardness, or other physical condition by or as if by blending, admixing, or kneading: temper clay; paints that had been tempered with oil.
  • To harden or strengthen (metal or glass) by application of heat or by heating and cooling.
  • To strengthen through experience or hardship; toughen: soldiers who had been tempered by combat.
  • To adjust finely; attune: a portfolio that is tempered to the investor's needs.
  • Music To adjust (the pitch of an instrument) to a temperament.
  • To be or become tempered.
  • A state of mind or emotions; disposition: an even temper. See Synonyms at mood1.
  • Calmness of mind or emotions; composure: lose one's temper.
  • A tendency to become easily angry or irritable: a quick temper.
  • An outburst of rage: a fit of temper.
  • A characteristic general quality; tone: heroes who exemplified the medieval temper; the politicized temper of the 1930s.
  • The condition of being tempered.
  • The degree of hardness and elasticity of a metal, chiefly steel, achieved by tempering.
  • A modifying substance or agent added to something else.
  • Archaic A middle course between extremes; a mean.

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