Associations to the word «Temper»


TEMPER, noun. A tendency to be of a certain type of mood.
TEMPER, noun. State of mind.
TEMPER, noun. The state of any compound substance which results from the mixture of various ingredients; due mixture of different qualities.
TEMPER, noun. (obsolete) Constitution of body; the mixture or relative proportion of the four humours: blood, choler, phlegm, and melancholy.
TEMPER, noun. The heat treatment to which a metal or other material has been subjected; a material that has undergone a particular heat treatment.
TEMPER, noun. Calmness of mind; moderation; equanimity; composure.
TEMPER, noun. The state of a metal or other substance, especially as to its hardness, produced by some process of heating or cooling.
TEMPER, noun. Middle state or course; mean; medium.
TEMPER, noun. (sugar manufacture) (historical) Milk of lime, or other substance, employed in the process formerly used to clarify sugar.
TEMPER, verb. To moderate or control.
TEMPER, verb. To strengthen or toughen a material, especially metal, by heat treatment; anneal.
TEMPER, verb. To sauté spices in ghee or oil to release essential oils for flavouring a dish in South Asian cuisine.
TEMPER, verb. To mix clay, plaster or mortar with water to obtain the proper consistency.
TEMPER, verb. (music) To adjust, as the mathematical scale to the actual scale, or to that in actual use.
TEMPER, verb. (obsolete) (Latinism) To govern; to manage.
TEMPER, verb. (archaic) To combine in due proportions; to constitute; to compose.
TEMPER, verb. (archaic) 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.
TEMPER, verb. (obsolete) To fit together; to adjust; to accommodate.
TEMPER SCREW, noun. A screw link, to which is attached the rope of a rope-drilling apparatus, for feeding and slightly turning the drill jar at each stroke.
TEMPER SCREW, noun. A set screw used for adjusting.
TEMPER SCREWS, noun. Plural of temper screw
TEMPER TANTRUM, noun. Any fit of bad temper, especially kicking, screaming or deliberately holding the breath.
TEMPER TANTRUMS, noun. Plural of temper tantrum

Dictionary definition

TEMPER, noun. A sudden outburst of anger; "his temper sparked like damp firewood".
TEMPER, noun. 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".
TEMPER, noun. A disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger; "his temper was well known to all his employees".
TEMPER, noun. The elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking.
TEMPER, verb. Bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling; "temper glass".
TEMPER, verb. Harden by reheating and cooling in oil; "temper steel".
TEMPER, verb. Adjust the pitch (of pianos).
TEMPER, verb. Make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate; "she tempered her criticism".
TEMPER, verb. Restrain.

Wise words

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.