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v. tem·pered, tem·per·ing, tem·pers
1. 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.
2. To bring to a desired consistency, texture, hardness, or other physical condition by blending, admixing, or kneading: temper clay; paints that had been tempered with oil.
3. To harden or strengthen (metal or glass) by application of heat or by heating and cooling.
4. To strengthen through experience or hardship; toughen: soldiers who had been tempered by combat.
5. Music To adjust (the pitch of an instrument) to a temperament.
To be or become tempered.
1. A state of mind or emotion; disposition: an even temper.
2. Calmness of mind or emotions; composure: lose one's temper.
a. A tendency to become easily angry or irritable: a quick temper.
b. Anger; rage: a fit of temper.
4. A characteristic general quality; tone: heroes who exemplified the medieval temper; the politicized temper of the 1930s.
a. The condition of being tempered.
b. The degree of hardness and elasticity of a metal, chiefly steel, achieved by tempering.
6. A modifying substance or agent added to something else.
7. Archaic A middle course between extremes; a mean.

[Middle English temperen, from Old English temprian, from Latin temperāre, probably from variant of tempus, tempor-, time, season.]

tem′per·a·bil′i·ty n.
tem′per·a·ble adj.
tem′per·er n.


(Metallurgy) metallurgy the hardening of a metal by means of heat treatment
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tempering - hardening something by heat treatmenttempering - hardening something by heat treatment
hardening - the act of making something harder (firmer or tighter or more compact)
Adj.1.tempering - moderating by making more temperate
moderating - lessening in intensity or strength


[ˈtɛmprɪŋ] n (of metal) → tempera
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Fashioned at last into an arrowy shape, and welded by Perth to the shank, the steel soon pointed the end of the iron; and as the blacksmith was about giving the barbs their final heat, prior to tempering them, he cried to Ahab to place the water-cask near.
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The contract is to provide full-convection furnace for tempering glass (1 pc.
Heat treatment consisted of austenizing at 1020[degrees] C for 4h, followed by tempering twice at 500[degrees]C for 4h.
Since in tempering furnaces the cooling of the panels is carried out by jets, the cooling of the surface of the panel is inhomogeneous.
The company says that highly controlled hardening and tempering enable it to selectively modify the internal steel structure and hardness to address the specific washer application.
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For lifting the compound to the fight temperature level, the company's FIFO (first in, first out) rubber injection unit is used, together with a tempering channel.
The researchers chose tempering because it is a common processing step used in the production of cereals sourced from grain, and it is associated with starch retrogradation.