What is temper?

  • (noun): The elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking.
    Synonyms: toughness
    See also — Additional definitions below


Temperare (to mix correctly) is the Latin origin of words like "temperature" and "tempering"; it and "tempo" come, in turn, from tempus (time or season). Thus, the word "temper" can refer (at least informally) to any time- and temperature-sensitive process (as for chocolate tempering or tempered glass), a material's thermo-mechanical history, or even its composition.

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Scientific Temper
... Scientific temper describes an attitude which involves the application of logic and the avoidance of bias and preconceived notions ... argument and analysis are vital parts of scientific temper ... "To develop scientific temper" is one of the fundamental duties of the Indian citizens, according to the Constitution of India ...
Cibola White Ware - Classification
... from most other black-on-white wares by the use of crushed sherd temper in the preparation of clay for firing, along with the use of mineral-based black paint ... If sherd temper is combined with black plant-based paint, the pottery is instead classified as Little Colorado White Ware (produced in the Little Colorado River drainage), with one exception ... some early Cibola White Ware vessels have mixed sand and sherd temper or all sand temper ...
Rob Dibble - Baseball Career - Cincinnati Reds - Temper
... During his career Dibble was known for his temper ... After a game in April 1991, he threw a baseball 400 feet into the center-field bleachers seats at Cincinnati, inadvertently striking a woman ...
History - Formation and The Temper Trap EP (2005–2008)
... The Temper Trap formed as an indie pop band in 2005 ... The group was named "The Temper Trap" after Temper Temper, the trio's first choice, was rejected due to its use by a United States (US) band ... The Temper Trap rehearsed with a variety of second guitarists before Dundas recommended his former Wesley College schoolmate, Sillitto, on lead guitar ...
Raphaël Géminiani - Temper
... That quick temper was behind an episode in the Tour of 1952, after a stage to Namur, in Belgium ... You'll use less energy and you can both win." Géminiani's temper showed in the Tour of 1958, the so-called Judas Tour (see below), and the way he dealt with spectators in 1957 who prevented his winning ...

More definitions of "temper":

  • (verb): Harden by reheating and cooling in oil.
    Example: "Temper steel"
    Synonyms: harden
  • (verb): Make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate.
    Synonyms: season, mollify
  • (verb): Adjust the pitch (of pianos).
  • (verb): Toughen (steel or glass) by a process of gradually heating and cooling.
    Example: "Temper glass"
    Synonyms: anneal, normalize
  • (noun): A characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling.
    Example: "Whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time"
    Synonyms: mood, humor, humour
  • (noun): A sudden outburst of anger.
    Example: "His temper sparked like damp firewood"
    Synonyms: pique, irritation

Famous quotes containing the word temper:

    I shall endeavour to enliven Morality with Wit, and to temper Wit with Morality, that my Readers may, if possible, both Ways find their Account in the Speculation of the Day.
    Joseph Addison (1672–1719)

    Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman’s destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them.
    Honoré De Balzac (1799–1850)

    It doth amaze me
    A man of such a feeble temper should
    So get the start of the majestic world
    And bear the palm alone.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)