Definition of temper:
- Calmness of mind; moderation; equanimity; composure; as, to keep one's temper.
- Constitution of body; temperament; in old writers, the mixture or relative proportion of the four humors, blood, choler, phlegm, and melancholy.
- Disposition of mind; the constitution of the mind, particularly with regard to the passions and affections; as, a calm temper; a hasty temper; a fretful temper.
- Heat of mind or passion; irritation; proneness to anger; - in a reproachful sense.
- Middle state or course; mean; medium.
- Milk of lime, or other substance, employed in the process formerly used to clarify sugar.
- The state of a metal or other substance, especially as to its hardness, produced by some process of heating or cooling; as, the temper of iron or steel.
- The state of any compound substance which results from the mixture of various ingredients; due mixture of different qualities; just combination; as, the temper of mortar.
- To accord; to agree; to act and think in conformity.
- To adjust, as the mathematical scale to the actual scale, or to that in actual use.
- To bring to a proper degree of hardness; as, to temper iron or steel.
- To fit together; to adjust; to accomodate.
- To govern; to manage.
- To have or get a proper or desired state or quality; to grow soft and pliable.
- To mingle in due proportion; to prepare by combining; to modify, as by adding some new element; to qualify, as by an ingredient; hence, to soften; to mollify; to assuage; to soothe; to calm.
- To moisten to a proper consistency and stir thoroughly, as clay for making brick, loam for molding, etc.
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- hardness (part of speech: noun)
- strengthen (part of speech: verb)
- qualify (part of speech: verb)
- "The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete", Charles James Lever (1806-1872).
- "Paul Patoff", F. Marion Crawford.
- "Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright", Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke.