Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


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.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
The CNC, for the planning, exercising and testing that led to two very successful live deployments under Operation Temperer in 2017
La necessite de renflouer les caisses de l'Etat et de temperer un tant soit peu le deficit budgetaire est si tyrannique que l'on imagine mal le gouvernement negocier une reculade significative au risque de bouleverser des pans entiers de son projet loi des finances pour amener a composition l'entreprise et l'organisation dans laquelle elle se reconnait.
Operation Temperer, which involves the use of military personnel to aid security, was put in place after the threat level was raised.
Under Operation Temperer - last put in place after the Manchester attack - the Government will also deploy troops to support police.
Following JTAC's decision, the police have asked for authorisation from the Secretary of State for Defence to enact part of the first phase of Operation Temperer, according to the statement.
The Prime Minister announced the first stage of Operation Temperer would be going into effect, which means armed troops will be sent to key locations including nuclear sites, freeing up armed officers to police the streets.
Following JTAC's decision, the police have asked for authorisation from the Secretary of State for Defence (Sir Michael Fallon) to enact part of the first phase of Operation Temperer.
Dans un deuxieme sens, plus technique, Yequity s'entend de la justice rendue par la Chancery Court, sous l'autorite du Chancellor dans le but de temperer la rigueur des decisions des cours de common law.
Operation Temperer even saw troops deployed to key locations, but now the threat level has been lowered from 'critical' to 'severe',' the streets are slowly returning to normal.
The plan, Operation Temperer, was activated after the official threat level was raised to critical, the highest level, for the first time in almost a decade.
The military support we have had over the last few days under Operation Temperer, [we] will start to phase that out as well.
The fresh searches came as Theresa May yesterday reduced Britain's threat level from critical to severe and announced the end of Operation Temperer, which saw armed troops flood the streets of Britain.