|1.||a frame of mind; mood or humour: a good temper|
|2.||a sudden outburst of anger; tantrum|
|3.||a tendency to exhibit uncontrolled anger; irritability|
|4.||a mental condition of moderation and calm (esp in the phrases keep one's temper, lose one's temper, out of temper)|
|5.||the degree of hardness, elasticity, or a similar property of a metal or metal object|
|6.||to make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate: he tempered his criticism with kindly sympathy|
|7.||to strengthen or toughen (a metal or metal article) by heat treatment, as by heating and quenching|
|a. to adjust the frequency differences between the notes of a scale on (a keyboard instrument) in order to allow modulation into other keys|
|b. to make such an adjustment to the pitches of notes in (a scale)|
|9.||a rare word for adapt|
|10.||an archaic word for mix|
|[Old English temprian to mingle, (influenced by Old French temprer), from Latin temperāre to mix, probably from tempus time]|
|a. See temperament (of a scale) having the frequency differences between notes adjusted in accordance with the system of equal temperament|
|b. (of an interval) expanded or contracted from the state of being pure|
|2.||(in combination) having a temper or temperament as specified: ill-tempered|
temper tem·per (těm'pər)
A state of mind or emotions; mood.
A tendency to become easily angry or irritable.
An outburst of rage.