What is temper?

  • (verb): Restrain or temper.
    Synonyms: chasten, moderate
    See also — Additional definitions below


Temperare (to mix correctly) is the Latin origin of words like "temperature" and "tempering"; it and "tempo" come, in turn, from tempus (time or season). Thus, the word "temper" can refer (at least informally) to any time- and temperature-sensitive process (as for chocolate tempering or tempered glass), a material's thermo-mechanical history, or even its composition.

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Scientific Temper
... Scientific temper describes an attitude which involves the application of logic and the avoidance of bias and preconceived notions ... argument and analysis are vital parts of scientific temper ... "To develop scientific temper" is one of the fundamental duties of the Indian citizens, according to the Constitution of India ...
Rob Dibble - Baseball Career - Cincinnati Reds - Temper
... During his career Dibble was known for his temper ... After a game in April 1991, he threw a baseball 400 feet into the center-field bleachers seats at Cincinnati, inadvertently striking a woman ...
Raphaël Géminiani - Temper
... That quick temper was behind an episode in the Tour of 1952, after a stage to Namur, in Belgium ... You'll use less energy and you can both win." Géminiani's temper showed in the Tour of 1958, the so-called Judas Tour (see below), and the way he dealt with spectators in 1957 who ...
History - Formation and The Temper Trap EP (2005–2008)
... The Temper Trap formed as an indie pop band in 2005 ... The group was named "The Temper Trap" after Temper Temper, the trio's first choice, was rejected due to its use by a United States (US) band ... The Temper Trap rehearsed with a variety of second guitarists before Dundas recommended his former Wesley College schoolmate, Sillitto, on lead guitar ...

More definitions of "temper":

  • (noun): The elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking.
    Synonyms: toughness
  • (noun): A characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling.
    Example: "Whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time"
    Synonyms: mood, humor, humour
  • (verb): Adjust the pitch (of pianos).
  • (verb): Harden by reheating and cooling in oil.
    Example: "Temper steel"
    Synonyms: harden
  • (noun): A sudden outburst of anger.
    Example: "His temper sparked like damp firewood"
    Synonyms: pique, irritation
  • (verb): Make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate.
    Synonyms: season, mollify
  • (verb): Toughen (steel or glass) by a process of gradually heating and cooling.
    Example: "Temper glass"
    Synonyms: anneal, normalize

Famous quotes containing the word temper:

    I shall endeavour to enliven Morality with Wit, and to temper Wit with Morality, that my Readers may, if possible, both Ways find their Account in the Speculation of the Day.
    Joseph Addison (1672–1719)

    The wine heats temper and complexion:
    Oath-enforced assertions fly
    On rheumy fevers, resurrection,
    Regicide and rabbit pie.
    Philip Larkin (1922–1986)

    Women were formed to temper Mankind, and sooth them into Tenderness and Compassion; not to set an Edge upon their Minds, and blow up in them those Passions which are too apt to rise of their own Accord.
    Joseph Addison (1672–1719)