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TEMPORAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does temporal mean? 

TEMPORAL (noun)
  The noun TEMPORAL has 1 sense:

1. the semantic role of the noun phrase that designating the time of the state or action denoted by the verb

  Familiarity information: TEMPORAL used as a noun is very rare.


TEMPORAL (adjective)
  The adjective TEMPORAL has 6 senses:

1. not eternal
2. of or relating to or limited by time
3. of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind the orbit)
4. of the material world
5. concerned with secular rather than sacred matters
6. of this earth or world

  Familiarity information: TEMPORAL used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TEMPORAL (noun)


Sense 1temporal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The semantic role of the noun phrase that designating the time of the state or action denoted by the verb

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

temporal; temporal role

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

participant role; semantic role (an entity realized by a noun or noun phrase in a clause or sentence)


TEMPORAL (adjective)


Sense 1temporal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not eternal

Context example:

temporal matters of but fleeting moment

Similar:

impermanent; temporary (not permanent; not lasting)


Sense 2temporal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or limited by time

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

temporal processing / temporal dimensions / temporal and spacial boundaries / music is a temporal art

Pertainym:

time (the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past)


Sense 3temporal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind the orbit)

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

temporal bone

Pertainym:

temple (the flat area on either side of the forehead)


Sense 4temporal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of the material world

Context example:

temporal possessions of the church

Similar:

worldly (characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world)


Sense 5temporal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Concerned with secular rather than sacred matters

Synonyms:

worldly; temporal

Context example:

lords temporal and spiritual

Similar:

profane (not sacred or concerned with religion)


Sense 6temporal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of this earth or world

Context examples:

temporal joys / our temporal existence

Similar:

earthly (of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven)


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