• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Temperer One who, or that which, tempers; specifically, a machine in which lime, cement, stone, etc., are mixed with water.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A pump with a 'Temperance' banner forms a letter R A pump with a 'Temperance' banner forms a letter R
Tempering in oil bath Tempering in oil bath
Lost temper Lost temper

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The seven virtues are prudence, courage, temperance, justice, faith, hope and charity.
    • n temperer One who or that which tempers, in any sense.
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  • Aristotle
    “Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there.”
  • Jawaharlal Nehru
    “A theory must be tempered with reality.”
  • Sidney J. Harris
    “Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”
  • Harriet Martineau
    “Religion is a temper, not a pursuit.”
  • Frank Moore Colby
    “Many people lose their tempers merely from seeing you keep yours.”


In literature:

Magdalen, as usual when her temper was ruffled, expressed her dissatisfaction in the plainest terms.
"No Name" by Wilkie Collins
His temper and his understanding, eminently fitted him to act as mediator.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
In the next place our youth must be temperate, and temperance consists in self-control and obedience to authority.
"The Republic" by Plato
Then, as would seem, in doing good, he may act wisely or temperately, and be wise or temperate, but not know his own wisdom or temperance?
"Charmides" by Plato
Blanche lost her temper.
"Man and Wife" by Wilkie Collins
Usually the most temperate of men, Romayne was tempted by his neighbors into drinking freely.
"The Black Robe" by Wilkie Collins
And temperance makes them temperate?
"Protagoras" by Plato
I eagerly turned the photograph, expecting to see a woman with a stern, ill-tempered, forbidding countenance.
"The Law and the Lady" by Wilkie Collins
Her quick temper instantly resented the discourtesy of which she had been made the object.
"The New Magdalen" by Wilkie Collins
Allan's good temper just stopped them on the brink.
"Armadale" by Wilkie Collins
Her bright eyes flash with temper now and then; how piquant is a temper in a woman.
"The Second Thoughts of An Idle Fellow" by Jerome K. Jerome
He laid her letter down again; he had not temper to read it.
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever
No gravel-tempered sherds occur in contexts that can positively be dated prior to 1675.
"North Devon Pottery and Its Export to America in the 17th Century" by C. Malcolm Watkins
He's a bit different tempered from The Savage.
"The Sweep Winner" by Nat Gould
Hiz temper iz sed tew be cold and clammy, but he must hav a relish for sumthing, for hiz mouth waters aul the time.
"The Complete Works of Josh Billings" by Henry W. Shaw
After lecturing in the Temperance Hall and the "evening was far spent," a cab was procured to take me to Mr. Stephens's at the "Hollins.
"Bygones Worth Remembering, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Jacob Holyoake
He was a big lad for his years, handsome and quick-tempered, the Sultan's acknowledged heir.
"A Son of the Sahara" by Louise Gerard
Profiting accordingly by the temper in which he found me, he made me give my word to set off in two days.
"The New-York Weekly Magazine" by Various
It was a time of a tempered sun and intervals of long rains and chill winds.
"Saul of Tarsus" by Elizabeth Miller
I don't lose my temper and queer my team-mates' play.
"The Girls of Central High at Basketball" by Gertrude W. Morrison

In poetry:

Let grace forgive and love forget
My base, my vile apostasy;
And temper thy deserved hate
With love and mercy towards me.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
Sons of the old Bay State,
Work for our glorious cause!
And be your waiting hearts elate,
Since temperance makes your laws.
"Dedication Of A Temperance Hall" by Mary Baker Eddy
Were he as faithful as the Sun,
That's wedded to the Sphere;
His blood as chaste and temperate run,
As April's mildest tear;
"A Song To Amoret" by Henry Vaughan
That love would temper every change,
And soften all surprise,
And, misty with the dreams of earth,
The hills of Heaven arise.
"A Mystery" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I'll dash the poisoned chalice down,
And swell the Temperance train;
No more shall wine my senses drown,
I'll be a man again.
"The Vow Of The Reclaimed" by John Pierpont
Methinks the spirit's temper grows
Too soft in this still air;
Somewhat the restful heart foregoes
Of needed watch and prayer.
"My Birthday" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Breast cancer patient's successful surgery tempered by gene mutation .
Baylor professor's new book connects preacher scandals, hot-tempered religious debates from our times to Roaring 20s.
In Buck Griffin's case we'll miss his easygoing manner, his generosity, his relaxed way and his even-tempered style.
1 Oklahoma Saturday night has been tempered somewhat Sunday evening by a likely season-ending injury to one the Tigers' defensive line stalwarts.
Age tempers youthful idealism .
Tempers flare over speeding tickets.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk 1: Prelude & Fugue in E-flat 8:54 Johann Sebastian Bach Till Fellner, piano Buy Now.
Major players in the airline industry are cancelling flights en masse, scrambling to comply with a new audit by the FAA, and passengers' tempers are flaring.
This is also known as "the way you handled that insane toddler temper tantrum was hot" or "the way you handled that endless grocery list was hot".
It's 2 pm on a temperate Monday when we stopped by the gallery in Far-West Chelsea where Jeremy Kost's latest exhibition will debut.
They have Irish her­itage on their dad's side, as well as a bit of Irish tem­per them­selves, so I sup­pose it's a nat­ural thing to enjoy cel­e­brat­ing St Patrick's day.
Ruth Isabelle Stacy, 99 years, of Temperance, MI passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo, OH.
Death tempers Tate's jubilation over Stamps' starting role.
Most children who throw temper tantrums wind up in time-out.
Early on, tempers started to get hot.

In science:

The next section shows that, for suitably chosen truncation thresholds vn , the random walk (3.4) is asymptotically tempered stable.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
The results in this section show that for suitable truncation thresholds vn and centering, the random walk (3.4) converges to a tempered stable.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
The form of the centering is then related to the case with no tempering.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
Meerschaert and Scheffler (2001), that any tempered stable law with index α > 1 has a finite mean.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
Theorems 4.4 and 4.5 shows that the same centering can be used for the tempered random walk.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
Take the exponential tempering function q(r, s) = e−λr for s = ±1.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
Theorem 4.8 shows that the tempered random walk (3.4) provides a useful approximation to the process {X (t)}.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
The tempering thresholds vn do not depend on q .
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
Using this tempering function for the L´evy measure (3.1) yields a tempered stable law X with a particularly simple tempering variable Ti .
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
If 1 < α < 2, then the form of the L´evy measure shows that X is the sum of two independent exponentially tempered stable laws, one with index α, and the other with index α − 1.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
The goal of this paper is to construct random walk models that lead to a tempered stable limit.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
Tempered stable L´evy motion and transient super-diffusion.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
Parameter estimation for tempered power law distributions.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
Tempered anomalous diffusions in heterogeneous systems.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
The simulations are done using the parallel tempering Monte Carlo technique ; simulation parameters are shown in Table I.
Evidence of a glass transition in a 10-state non-mean-field Potts glass