Adjective "temper" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A person's state of mind seen in terms of their being angry or calm.
  1. 'She carefully spoke to the horse calming it's raging temper.'
  2. 'I said and got up, stalking off to my room in a frightful temper.'
  3. 'His temper had not calmed from his earlier encounter with the Johnson twins.'
  4. 'After of course spending the rest of lunch period torturing my stupid relative, I stalked out of the cafeteria in a bad temper.'
  5. 'That morning Francis awoke in rather a bad temper.'
  6. 'Reginald was not in when she returned his call later that evening, and Loretta went to bed in a bad temper.'
  7. 'So he decided to cancel the dish, and slunk off to his dormitory down the road in a bad temper.'
  8. 'He idly wondered which one of them was in the bad temper.'
  9. 'The coach is a modest, quiet man; Olga has a temper, is easily hurt and wants to do everything her own way.'
  10. 'They're known for having a nasty temper and a love of drinking.'
  11. 'The only problem was, unlike my mother, my father had a temper he could lose easily.'
  12. 'His temper was sparked easily, but he also had patience and civility like none other.'
  13. 'But don't get the wrong idea, he doesn't have a bad temper with Sherry or his kids.'
  14. 'He also had a fiery temper and loved a good argument.'
  15. 'Normally, he was quite calm and quiet, but he had a quick temper that subsided as easily as it came.'
  16. 'I have a flaming temper and have a tendency to rebound people's accusations back on them, especially if I'm not feeling good.'
  17. 'Emerald was a cunning, quick, but brutal girl with a temper as bad as tempers come.'
  18. 'Classmates said that he had a terrible temper that easily flared, and that he clung to people far too easily and became jealous and angry.'
  19. 'Drew had walked out in a temper'
  20. 'She seemed to inflate, her nostrils flaring in a temper.'
  21. 'Realising that he has been fooled, Cohen leaves in a temper.'
  22. 'I have a tendency toward being a bit of a nag to Chris, and I guess I put him in a temper.'
  23. 'Damon, on the other hand, saw that I was in a temper, and got as far away from me as he could.'
  24. 'The man struck me in a temper, so hard I bounced off the courtyard wall.'
  25. 'He still wanted to survive the ceremony, and that would be harder if Ishella was in a temper.'
  26. 'He was getting extremely angry and damaged the second window in a fit of temper.'
  27. 'Mark frowned; he didn't expect the word to get around that quickly, but then, he never counted on Mary-Ellen in a temper.'
  28. 'He tends to karate kick the office partition when he's in a temper.'
  29. 'Sometimes it is not easy or possible to walk away, especially when they are in the middle of a fit of temper.'
The degree of hardness and elasticity in steel or other metal.
  1. 'Alloys in the T4 temper are susceptible to room-temperature aging.'
  2. 'In this connection it is well known that molybdenum additions to Ni-Cr steels can eliminate temper embrittlement.'


Improve the hardness and elasticity of (steel or other metal) by reheating and then cooling it.
  1. 'tempered steel pins'
  2. 'It decreases hardenability but sustains hardness during tempering.'
  3. 'These alloy steels are ordinarily quench-hardened and tempered to the level of strength desired for the application.'
  4. 'Virtually all steels must be quenched and tempered for core properties before being nitrided or stress relieved for distortion control.'
  5. 'Temper embrittlement is quite common in slowly heavy solutions of steels tempered in the range from 400 to 560°C.'
  6. 'The steel is then quenched to the martensitic state and tempered at an appropriate temperature.'
  7. 'They only had only sandstone and chalk in the area, but they imported metals to temper, smelt, and forge.'
  8. 'Castings should be tempered immediately after quenching to relieve quenching stresses.'
  9. 'All hardenable steels must be hardened and tempered before being nitrided.'
  10. 'Alloying elements may have different effects on steel after tempering at the steel proneness to temper embrittlement.'
  11. 'hardboard tempered with oil or resin is more durable'
  12. 'The blanks are made of relatively soft glass and must be tempered, either by chemicals or heat, to strengthen them before inserting into the frame.'
  13. 'All the replacement glass will be tempered glass, he said.'
Act as a neutralizing or counterbalancing force to (something)
  1. 'The heat is tempered by sea breezes on the coast.'
  2. 'What's more, protein tempers blood sugar fluctuations, preventing the spikes and crashes that can leave you hungry and drained.'
  3. 'Expectation should be tempered by a strong dose of reality.'
  4. 'Once the egg mixture has been tempered with the garlic broth, you cut up an inch off of a baguette, letting the bread rise to the top of the bowl.'
  5. 'The heat of the peppers is tempered by the peanuts, the sweetness of the honey balanced by the soy sauce and the citrusy tang of the ginger complemented by the garlic.'
  6. 'The island's climate is semi-tropical; yearlong rainfall keeps it green; heat and humidity are tempered by soft breezes.'
  7. 'But let's temper expectancy with caution, knowing that a team is only as good, or indeed as bad, as its last outing.'
  8. 'The young shoots make a pleasant vegetable, whose acidity can be tempered by the addition of a little sugar in the cooking.'
  9. 'In contrast, Laura's dish was a robust raid on the taste buds, the rich venison - cut into wafer thin slices - slightly tempered by the sweet, autumnal flavour of the warm pear relish.'
  10. 'Coconut milk tempers the spices of the green curry fish, so it works with the cherry, smoky plum, and other flavors in the Pinot Noir.'
Tune (a piano or other instrument) so as to adjust the note intervals correctly.
  1. 'The technician is trained on tempering the piano for tuning.'

More definitions

1. a particular state of mind or feelings.

2. habit of mind, especially with respect to irritability or patience, outbursts of anger, or the like; disposition: an even temper.

3. heat of mind or passion, shown in outbursts of anger, resentment, etc.

4. calm disposition or state of mind: to be out of temper.

5. a substance added to something to modify its properties or qualities.

6. Metallurgy. the degree of hardness and strength imparted to a metal, as by quenching, heat treatme

More examples(as adjective)

"temperatures can be temper."

"tantrums can be temper."

"places can be temper."

"children can be temper."


Old English temprian ‘bring something into the required condition by mixing it with something else’, from Latin temperare ‘mingle, restrain’. Sense development was probably influenced by Old French temprer ‘to temper, moderate’. The noun originally denoted a proportionate mixture of elements or qualities, also the combination of the four bodily humours, believed in medieval times to be the basis of temperament, hence temper (sense 1 of the noun)( late Middle English). Compare with temperament.


keep (or lose) one's temper
out of temper