American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a specified temper or disposition. Often used in combination: sweet-tempered; ill-tempered.
- adj. Adjusted or attuned by the addition of a counterbalancing element; moderated or measured: "prepare the country to expect hard choices and to appreciate tempered values and moderation in private and public life” ( Haynes Johnson).
- adj. Made appropriately hard or flexible by tempering: a sword of tempered steel.
- adj. Having the requisite degree of hardness or elasticity. Used of glass or a metal.
- adj. Music Tuned to temperament. Used of a scale, an interval, semitone, or intonation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a certain temper or disposition; disposed: often used in composition: as, a good-tempered man.
- In music, noting an instrument, scale, or interval that is tuned in accordance with some other temperament than just or pure temperament, specifically one tuned in equal temperament. See temperament, 5.
- adj. Of one's disposition.
- adj. Pertaining to the metallurgical process for finishing metals.
- adj. Of something moderated or balanced by other considerations.
- adj. music Pertaining to the well-tempered scale, where the twelve notes per octave of the standard keyboard are tuned in such a way that it is possible to play music in any major or minor key and it will not sound perceptibly out of tune.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of temper.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Brought to a proper temper; ; having (such) a temper; -- chiefly used in composition
- adj. made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment
- adj. adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element
“One of the reasons why the debate about this year's Hugos has been so ferocious and (at times) ill-tempered is because while there are no pluckily ambitious outsiders to root for (such as Watts 'Blindsight in 2007 or McDonald's Brazyl in 2008), the list is also ignoring breakthrough genre successes such as Stephenie Meyer and Laurel K. Hamilton.”
“Hot-tempered is cliche for someone that later develops heat-based powers.”
“His person was large, his expression tempered of gravity, affection and truth, on which the eye rested with confidence.”
“a bear "quite wild," as she expressed it -- a certain short-tempered animal which had eaten up her best umbrella in the Zoo at Dusseldorf not having fulfilled the necessary condition of wildness.”
“There's this thing called a tempered harmony, and they had trouble explaining it to me.”
“Justice is a sword tempered by compassion," Durbin wrote.”
“Amiri Khaman can be roughly described as tempered yellow dhokla.”
“Importantly, however, American companies also find Australia an easy place to do business because we share similar commitment to individual worth and expression tempered by responsibility to family, community and country.”
“From Helmholtz's analysis of sounds one would get the idea that the so-called tempered scale of our pianos caused thirds and sixths to sound discordantly.”
“Death, I turban his head with the sword tempered in draughts of blood.”
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