Definition of temper in English:
- Gabe stalked over to the weapons rack and pulled down two wooden staves, in a bad temper because his preferred sword hadn't been chosen.
- Her temper was sweet and calm, much like a sheep's, until she had a blade in her hand, and then she was as quick and merciless as a she-wolf.
- His temper had not calmed from his earlier encounter with the Johnson twins.
- He had to overcome a violent temper and a tendency to excessive self-criticism.
- The coach is a modest, quiet man; Olga has a temper, is easily hurt and wants to do everything her own way.
- I have a flaming temper and have a tendency to rebound people's accusations back on them, especially if I'm not feeling good.
- He tends to karate kick the office partition when he's in a temper.
- Molly stamps her foot in a temper.
- I have a tendency toward being a bit of a nag to Chris, and I guess I put him in a temper.
- In this connection it is well known that molybdenum additions to Ni-Cr steels can eliminate temper embrittlement.
- The resistance to atmospheric corrosion is improved and copper steels can be temper hardened.
- Alloys in the T4 temper are susceptible to room-temperature aging.
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- Nearly always forged and tempered, stainless steel blades hold an edge well.
- Quenched and tempered structural steels are primarily available in the form of plate or bar products.
- Within a couple of years he found himself running a part-time business making custom knives in the purest form - from steel he forged and tempered himself.
- Some of these components can be tempered by residual heating.
- The blanks are made of relatively soft glass and must be tempered, either by chemicals or heat, to strengthen them before inserting into the frame.
- This process includes tempering, which consists of repeatedly heating the chocolate to a specific temperature and then cooling it down.
- The heat is tempered by sea breezes on the coast.
- The island's climate is semi-tropical; yearlong rainfall keeps it green; heat and humidity are tempered by soft breezes.
- Always remember, however, that sea breezes will temper the heat and might cool things considerably.
Old English temprian 'bring something into the required condition by mixing it with something else', from Latin temperare 'mingle, restrain'. Sense development was probably influenced by Old French temprer 'to temper, moderate'. The noun originally denoted a proportionate mixture of elements or qualities, also the combination of the four bodily humours, believed in medieval times to be the basis of temperament, hence sense 1 of the noun ( late Middle English). Compare with temperament.
The first sense of temper was ‘a person's state of mind’, either angry or calm. The word goes back ultimately to Latin temperare ‘to mingle’, and in medieval times the noun referred to the right balance in a mixture of elements or qualities, still used of metals. It was particularly associated with the thought of the combination of the four bodily humours ( see humour) believed to control whether you were naturally calm, optimistic, melancholy, or irritable. This dictated what kind of temperament you had, a Late Middle English term from the Latin for ‘correct mixture’.
keep (or lose) one's temper
- Retain (or fail to retain) composure when angry: it took all her patience to keep her temperMore example sentences
composure, equanimity, self-control, self-possession, sangfroid, coolness, calm, calmness, tranquillity, good humourinformal coolbecome very angry, fly into a rage, explode, blow up, erupt, lose control, go berserk, breathe fire, begin to rant and rave, flare up, boil overinformal go mad, go crazy, go wild, go bananas, have a fit, see red, fly off the handle, blow one's top, blow a fuse, blow a gasket, do one's nut, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, go off the deep end, lose one's cool, go ape, flip, flip one's lid, lose one's rag, lose it, freak out, be fit to be tied, be foaming at the mouth, burst a blood vessel, get one's dander up, go non-linearNorth American informal flip one's wigAustralian/New Zealand informal go crookvulgar slang go apeshit
- She is frightened at first, and then becomes angry, soon losing her temper.
- I always got angry easily and would lose my temper like that.
- General Powell lost his temper and fired the gun into the air.
out of temper
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- Their temperers are considered some of the best machines in the business, as evidenced by their client list.
- Four common types of automated temperers are used - tempering kettle, plate heat exchanger, screw type temperer, and bowl type temperer.
- Fabricating debris is a known quality control issue that can be minimized when temperers follow all recommended maintenance procedures for washers, rollers and other tempering equipment.
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