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TEMPER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does temper mean? 

TEMPER (noun)
  The noun TEMPER has 4 senses:

1. a sudden outburst of anger
2. a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
3. a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger
4. the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking

  Familiarity information: TEMPER used as a noun is uncommon.


TEMPER (verb)
  The verb TEMPER has 5 senses:

1. toughen (steel or glass) by a process of gradually heating and cooling
2. harden by reheating and cooling in oil
3. adjust the pitch (of pianos)
4. make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate
5. restrain or temper

  Familiarity information: TEMPER used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TEMPER (noun)


Sense 1temper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden outburst of anger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

temper; irritation; pique

Context example:

his temper sparked like damp firewood

Hypernyms ("temper" is a kind of...):

annoyance; chafe; vexation (anger produced by some annoying irritation)


Sense 2temper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

mood; humour; temper; humor

Context examples:

whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time / he was in a bad humor

Hypernyms ("temper" is a kind of...):

feeling (the experiencing of affective and emotional states)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "temper"):

peeve (an annoyed or irritated mood)

sulk; sulkiness (a mood or display of sullen aloofness or withdrawal)

amiability; good humor; good humour; good temper (a cheerful and agreeable mood)

distemper; ill humor; ill humour (an angry and disagreeable mood)


Sense 3temper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

pettishness; snappishness; surliness; biliousness; peevishness; temper; irritability

Context example:

his temper was well known to all his employees

Hypernyms ("temper" is a kind of...):

ill nature (a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "temper"):

querulousness (the quality of being given to complaining)


Sense 4temper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

toughness; temper

Hypernyms ("temper" is a kind of...):

elasticity; snap (the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed)


TEMPER (verb)


Sense 1temper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Toughen (steel or glass) by a process of gradually heating and cooling

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

anneal; temper; normalize

Context example:

temper glass

Hypernyms (to "temper" is one way to...):

toughen (make tough or tougher)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2temper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Harden by reheating and cooling in oil

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

temper; harden

Context example:

temper steel

Hypernyms (to "temper" is one way to...):

modify (make less severe or harsh or extreme)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3temper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adjust the pitch (of pianos)

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "temper" is one way to...):

adjust; correct; set (alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4temper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

mollify; season; temper

Context example:

she tempered her criticism

Hypernyms (to "temper" is one way to...):

weaken (lessen the strength of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5temper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Restrain or temper

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

chasten; temper; moderate

Hypernyms (to "temper" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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