• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tempered adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element "criticism tempered with kindly sympathy"
    • adj tempered made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment "a sword of tempered steel","tempered glass"
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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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The seven virtues are prudence, courage, temperance, justice, faith, hope and charity.
    • a Tempered Brought to a proper temper; as, tempered steel; having (such) a temper; -- chiefly used in composition; as, a good-tempered or bad-tempered man; a well-tempered sword.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tempered Having a certain temper or disposition; disposed: often used in composition: as, a good-tempered man.
    • tempered 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tempered having a certain specified disposition or temper: brought to a certain temper, as steel:
    • Tempered (mus.) tuned or adjusted to some mean, or to equal, temperament
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    “Next to temperance, a quiet conscience, a cheerful mind and active habits, I place early rising as a means of health and happiness.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness -- an open and noble temper.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Health consists with temperance alone.”
  • Hannah More
    “Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper.”
  • R. W. Dale
    R. W. Dale
    “We ask God to forgive us for our evil thoughts and evil temper, but rarely, if ever ask Him to forgive us for our sadness.”
  • Socrates
    “In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. temperāre, to combine properly, allied to tempus, time.


In literature:

Suppressed gout in Mr. Norman's temper; suppressed gout in the Lord President's temper.
"The Evil Genius" by Wilkie Collins
So delightfully fat; and such an infernal temper!
"My Lady's Money" by Wilkie Collins
My husband has the temper of a game cock.
"I Say No" by Wilkie Collins
I have observed in her, no doubt, a certain waywardness of temper since her illness; but that is a trifle.
"Little Novels" by Wilkie Collins
SOCRATES: Then they who order a state or a house temperately or justly order them with temperance and justice?
"Meno" by Plato
The clash of tempers lasted for several minutes, then Maud flung out of the room.
"New Grub Street" by George Gissing
The rumor was based in part on a passage in an address on temperance.
"Lincoln" by Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
Nor can justice and wisdom ever be separated from temperance.
"Laws" by Plato
I condescend to them, I patiently endure their bad temper.
"The Women of the French Salons" by Amelia Gere Mason
But the stronger the temper, the greater is the need of self-discipline and self-control.
"Character" by Samuel Smiles
The old man was in a good temper after his nap before dinner.
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
It was all the strange influence of temper.
"Heartsease" by Charlotte M. Yonge
And he is in a bad temper to-day anyhow.
"A Spirit in Prison" by Robert Hichens
He is a temperance man, strong and consistent; I honor him for that.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
It will make him put a strong bit on his temper, and a strong bridle on his tongue.
"Practical Religion" by John Charles Ryle
She must preserve her own health by wholesome diet, air, and exercise, and by keeping a gentle and cheerful temper.
"Household Education" by Harriet Martineau
Sharp and well temper'd lances the chosen champions bore.
"The Nibelungenlied" by Unknown
This Gentleman found an ungovernable Temper in the young Prince which he had much ado to manage.
"The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume I" by Karl Ludwig von Pöllnitz
If the Monks were celebrated for one estimable quality more than another, it was temper: a cross-grained, imperious, obstinate temper.
"Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Old Wigmore's show of temper soon gave way, in his mind, to the more startling and mysterious events of the evening.
"Rayton: A Backwoods Mystery" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts

In poetry:

Author of all divine
Gifts, lofty, pure, and free,
Temperance and truth in song sublime
An offering bring to Thee!
"Dedication Of A Temperance Hall" by Mary Baker Eddy
We've raised the Temperance banner,
Our bark is on the wing.
May favoring breezes fan her,
We merrily, merrily sing
"Away With Melancholy" by John Pierpont
'Whate'er thy justice dooms, O God!
I take with temper mild;
But oh! repay it thousand-fold
In blessings on my child!'
"A Tale" by John Logan
Whose skill the heavy chain subdued,
And all a captive's woe
Did tame to such a tempered good
As mortal eyes can know.
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
The Red Ribbon is all the go;
It's the temperance sign, you know;
It is seen wherever you go,
On men who dare do right.
"Red Ribbon" by Julia A Moore
You are the truest soul of man:
you are his strength, his might.
Set us afire, and temper us –
unite us in your light.
"Jesus" by Eberhard Arnold

In news:

Expectations for a true return to Peak Season are still tempered.
Tempers Rise as Temps Fall, Power Outages Persist in Wake of Sandy (Photo Credit: Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg via Getty Images).
Democratic disagreement temper drug-like effects of power on leaders' brains.
The Embrittlement Phenomena in Hardened & Tempered Steel.
However, your ambitions need to be tempered by the realization that causes always have consequences.
Tempers and accusations fly over a proposed change of operation for the Zoo Amphitheatre.
Media commentator Jeff Jarvis tried to mediate, and then lost his temper.
When Does a Preschooler 's Temper Tantrum Become a Behavioral Problem.
The Indiana Supreme Court used an opinion Thursday to reaffirm the limitation described in Fletcher v. State on the judicial-temperance presumption .
Slow car quickens driver's temper Island Scanner.
A former Temperance pastor is accused of stealing more than a million dollars from church and family members.
Temperance man arrested for abuse of corpse.
Temperance Sean Leffler was born Dec 17, 2011, at 4:42 pm at South Peninsula Hospital to Adrienne and Kurt Leffler, II.
Lindsey Temper is the national sales trainer for small business banking for Chase.

In science:

So too is the level of scintillation noise, and both the isoplanatic angle and coherence time are large, in comparison with the best temperate latitude sites.
Astronomy in Antarctica
It turned out that i n the mid-IR the emission from aerosols also dropped signi ficantly, with only ice crystals contributing to the emission, and not the dust found at temperate sites.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Not only is the strength of the sky background emission reduced in Antarctica, its level is more stable at IR and sub-mm wavelengths than at temperate sites (Smith & Harper 1998, Peterson et al. 2003).
Astronomy in Antarctica
The free air seeing in the visible, above the surface boundary layer, is typically a factor of two better than the ∼ 0.7′′ seeing above the best temperate sites.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Since the cells are located close to the surface over the Antarctic plateau, and pass across the telescope field of view relatively slowly, the above two parameters are larger than found at temperate sites, where the cells are at high altitude and move rapidly.
Astronomy in Antarctica
As first pointed out by Gill ingham (1989, 1993), the free air seeing above the surface boundary layer is much smaller than the surface seeing at temperate sites, a concept termed by Gillingham “super-seeing”.
Astronomy in Antarctica
These results indicated that the visual seeing at Dome C, above this boundary layer, is typically about a half that found at the best temperate sites.
Astronomy in Antarctica
They are an increasing problem at temperate sites as they are often overflown by air traffic, whose frequency conti nues to increase.
Astronomy in Antarctica
However, the reduced aerosol content reduces the scattering, so that the sky is dark in Antarctica with the Sun closer to the horizon than is the case at temperate sites.
Astronomy in Antarctica
They find the auroral sky contribution (∼ 23 mags arcsec−2 at B & V) at the best plateau sites (Domes A, B & C), will make the sky there about a factor 2 brighter than at the best temperate sites at B band (and 20–30% brighter at V).
Astronomy in Antarctica
Stable laws can be tempered by modifying the L´evy measure to cool the probability of large jumps.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
Tempered stable laws retain their signature power law behavior at infinity, and infinite divisibility.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
This paper develops random walk models that converge to a tempered stable law under a triangular array scheme.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
Tempered stable laws were introduced in physics as a model for turbulent velocity fluctuations (Koponen (1995); Novikov (1994)).
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
The general class of tempered stable distributions for random vectors was developed by Rosi´nski (2007).
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits