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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.
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(Metallurgy) metallurgy the hardening of a metal by means of heat treatment
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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
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[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.
Oil tempered sand incorporates a clay binder similar to water tempered green sand, but the clay binder has been processed and converted to an organophilic clay, which will accept oil as the tempering agent instead of water.
Tempering makes glass very strong, but as soon as a crack starts, the glass breaks into smithereens.
Applying computer-controls to cryogenics for tempering tooling has recently reestablished a respectability of sorts, along with more entrepreneurs offering the service, and more customers.
PESHAWAR -- The Capital City Police Monday claimed to have busted eight gangs of street criminals and arrested 25 accused including two persons involved in tempering of snatched mobiles' IMEI numbers.
Attock -- A patwari of Revenue Department Attock has been booked for allegedly tempering revenue record and transferring land worth million of rupees through fake documents.
Sources said that as the hearing of the Panama papers case resumed, the FBR officials had started tempering in the tax record of ruling Sharif family.
After tempering elasticity limit increases 100 % comparing with not tempered spring and tensile strength increases just 10 %.
Having recently conducted successful freeze/chill trials on ready meals for some of its industrial clients, using one of Dawsonrentals tempering units on hire to a customer, the Food Centre has agreed to base one of the Dawsonrentals SB 10 six pallet capacity tempering units on campus in Ashtown for further customer trials.
Investigators determined that drying air temperatures as high as 60 C can be used without reducing the head rice yield, as long as sufficient tempering at a temperature above the glass transition temperature of the rice is allowed.
The benefits of adding water and bentonite at this stage increase the system efficiency due to the tempering effect in the sand silos.