Tempering color

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tempering color the shade of color that indicates the degree of temper in tempering steel, as pale straw yellow for lancets, razors, and tools for metal; dark straw yellow for penknives, screw taps, etc.; brown yellow for axes, chisels, and plane irons; yellow tinged with purple for table knives and shears; purple for swords and watch springs; blue for springs and saws; and very pale blue tinged with green, too soft for steel instruments.
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Quotations

  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “If the cut of the costume indicates intellect and talent, then the color indicates temper and heart.”

Usage

In literature:

Her roused temper made her color deeply, as she returned his greeting with some haughtiness.
"Middlemarch" by George Eliot
Their legal studies were influenced by the various colors of their temper and principles.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 4" by Edward Gibbon
Their legal studies were influenced by the various colors of their temper and principles.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 4" by Edward Gibbon
Sheridan had lost color, and temper, too.
"The Turmoil" by Booth Tarkington
Bear vary greatly in size and color, no less than in temper and habits.
"Hunting the Grisly and Other Sketches" by Theodore Roosevelt
Trenck would not fly; he was full of romance, faith, and hope; his sanguine temper painted his future in enchanting colors.
"Frederick The Great and His Family" by L. Muhlbach
Paradis retains unimpaired the same quantum of good color and good temper; he is unchanging, perennial.
"Under Fire" by Henri Barbusse
Indeed the negro and colored population are the most temperate persons I ever knew of their class.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Indeed the negro and colored population are the most temperate persons I ever knew of their class.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The color of the skin generally must be clear and of a tempered rosiness.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
We regret that the color-line is rigidly drawn in some parts of the South, at least, in the woman's work for temperance.
"The American Missionary, Volume XLII. No. 7. July 1888" by Various
Richest perfumes loaded temperate breezes, and everywhere the gaudiest-colored birds filled the air with most entrancing harmonies.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, Nov 1877-Nov 1878" by Various
While the tobacco of the tropics is the finest in flavor, the more temperate regions produce the finest and best colored leaf.
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
She was brune and broad, her eyes of changeful color, and her temper wifely.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Lizards of every temper, style, and color dwell here, seemingly as happy and companionable as the birds and squirrels.
"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir
Very handsome she looked, with a glowing color in her cheeks; her voice was full of temper, hard-held.
"The Great Miss Driver" by Anthony Hope
The color mounted to her temples, but she controlled the temper that burned within her.
"The Gold Brick" by Ann S. Stephens
She draws her breath a little quickly, and as the color comes her temper goes.
"Mrs. Geoffrey" by Duchess
With a temper as heavenly as the color of their feathers, the bluebird's sense of justice is not always so adorable.
"Bird Neighbors" by Neltje Blanchan
Drills for boring iron are tempered a dark straw color at the cutting edge merging back into blue.
"Farm Mechanics" by Herbert A. Shearer
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In news:

Tem­pers heat up and within five short min­utes the room breaks out in col­or­ful metaphors.
Rather than the measured analysis of a historian, this book offers a detailed description of the always colorful, never dull and often ill-tempered Churchill in roaring action.
I knew that the beads and colored drinks from last night's Feb Club party were to celebrate Mardi Gras — the last great celebration before the temperance of the Lenten season.
DO give colored denim a try: Just temper the brightness with more classic pieces.
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