• WordNet 3.6
    • adj temporal of this earth or world "temporal joys","our temporal existence"
    • adj temporal not eternal "temporal matters of but fleeting moment"- F.D.Roosevelt"
    • adj temporal characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world "worldly goods and advancement","temporal possessions of the church"
    • adj temporal of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind the orbit) "temporal bone"
    • adj temporal of or relating to or limited by time "temporal processing","temporal dimensions","temporal and spacial boundaries","music is a temporal art"
    • n temporal the semantic role of the noun phrase that designates the time of the state or action denoted by the verb
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: David Atchison, as president pro tempore of the Senate in 1849, was U-S president for one day - Sunday, March 4th - pending the inauguration of President-elect Zachary Taylor on Monday, March 5th.
    • n Temporal Anything temporal or secular; a temporality; -- used chiefly in the plural. "He assigns supremacy to the pope in spirituals, and to the emperor or temporals ."
    • Temporal Civil or political, as distinguished from ecclesiastical; as, temporal power; temporal courts.
    • a Temporal (Anat) Of or pertaining to the temple or temples; as, the temporal bone; a temporal artery.
    • Temporal Of or pertaining to time, that is, to the present life, or this world; secular, as distinguished from sacred or eternal. "The things which are seen are temporal , but the things which are not seen are eternal.""Is this an hour for temporal affairs?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n temporal In ichthyology: Same as hyomandibular.
    • n temporal Same as pterotic.
    • n temporal Same as sphenotic, 2.
    • temporal Of or pertaining to time; expressing relations of time: as, a temporal clause; a temporal adverb.
    • temporal Of or pertaining to time in the sense of the present life or this world; secular: distinguished from spiritual.
    • temporal Measured or limited by time, or by this life or this state of things; having limited existence; of short duration; enduring for a time: opposed to eternal.
    • temporal In grammar, relating to a tense, or to the distinction of time expressed by tenses.
    • temporal Temporary, Temporal. Temporary, lasting but a short time: as, a temporary staging; temporal, belonging to time, hence belonging to this world, secular, or limited by time, not permanent, although perhaps not so fleeting as temporary things.
    • n temporal Anything temporal or secular; a temporality; a temporal matter or affair.
    • temporal Of or pertaining to the temple or temples of the head: said chiefly of mammals and especially of man.
    • temporal In entomology, postorbital; situated just behind or beneath the compound eyes.
    • n temporal The bone of the temple, or os temporis. See temporal bone, above.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Temporal pertaining to the temples
    • adj Temporal tem′por-al pertaining to time, esp. to this life or world—opposed to eternal: worldly, secular, or civil—opposed to sacred or ecclesiastical
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  • Siddha Nagarjuna
    Siddha Nagarjuna
    “This body, full of faults, has yet one great quality: Whatever it encounters in this temporal life depends upon one's actions.”
  • John Updike
    “That a marriage ends is less than ideal; but all things end under heaven, and if temporality is held to be invalidating, then nothing real succeeds.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Before undergoing a surgical operation, arrange your temporal affairs. You may live.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. temporalis, fr. tempus, temporis, time, portion of time, the fitting or appointed time: cf. F. temporel,. Cf. Contemporaneous Extempore Temper (v. t.) Tempest Temple a part of the head, Tense (n.) Thing
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. tempus, time.


In literature:

The first step was to temporize.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
As the temporal head of the Catholic world he was still more strongly bent to heal the breaches of Catholicism.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
The idea that the temporal state will not continue to encourage and protect liberty, genius, and originality is most absurd.
"The Arena" by Various
The knowledge of eternal growth is valueless if it does not detach us from temporal growth.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
For us, such times of special danger to Christian character may arise from temporal vicissitudes.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Though every temporal event contradict him, he lives in the certainty that eternity is his.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
The Spaniards had taken Courtrai, and it was well to temporize.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
So there was more temporizing.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
She hesitated, and temporized.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
Could not something be done to meet the temporal and spiritual wants of this class of very poor children?
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson

In poetry:

These light afflictions are but temporal
things —
To rise above them, wilt Thou lend me
"In Convalescence" by Fay Inchfawn
Will ye who fling defiance forth,
Against a temporal foe,
And rather die, than stoop to wear
The chains that gall you so,--
"Beechenbrook - VII" by Margaret Junkin Preston
But now all temporal relief does fail,
To men of sense and piety I send,
O'er land and sea, concerning this odd ail,
And for advice on which I may depend.
"A Letter From Sir Lewis Mansel Of Margam, In Glamorganshire, As 'Tis Suppos'd, To The Vicar Prichard" by Rees Prichard
For huge possessions render slack
The power we need to hold them fast;
Save when a quickened heart shall make
Our people one, to meet what blast
May blow from temporal heavens overcast.
"The Call" by George Meredith
MOSCON. Clarin, from the first to last,
All your life you've been a trickster,
A smart temporizing toady,
A bold flatterer, a trimmer,
Since you praise the thoughts of others,
And ne'er speak your own.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Are we pledged to craven silence? Oh, fling it to the wind,
The parchment wall that bars us from the least of human kind,
That makes us cringe and temporize, and dumbly stand at rest,
While Pity's burning flood of words is red-hot in the breast!
"On The Capture Of Fugitive Slaves Near Washington" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

The article presents an approach to modeling spatio-temporal comprehension in situated dialogue.
To date, however, efficiently integrating temporal reasoning with HTN planning has been little explored.
The Oklahoma House Republican Caucus elected Rep Mike Jackson, R-Enid, Thursday to serve as speaker pro tempore in the next legislative session.
Shupe appointed mayor pro tempore .
District 5 Congressman Bob Latta served as speaker pro tempore of the House of Representatives on Feb 28.
T here is some degree of dissent among the psychic /astrologic community as to what our political future is -- and most temporize in saying that it involves a long, nuanced discussion -- but the bottom line consensus is that Obama stays.
Temporal Wnt Modification Generates Pure Cardiomyocyte Populations from hPSCs.
Aidan Redmond and Rosie Benton star in " Temporal Powers.".
Study Finds Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometry Accurate on Newborns.
Easter parades capture New Orleans' unique mix of spiritual, temporal .
A New Algorithm for the Simple Temporal Problem.
Temporal patterns are of particular interest because of the large number of high-profile applications that include historical time series .
Temporal reasoning is widely used within both Computer Science and A.I.
Temporal communication deals with "time as the message".
A painter who finds inspiration in local disconnect and temporal space.

In science:

From these exact solutions for spatial scaling function we can obtain the asymptotic temporal scaling function φ(ξ ) ∼ e−Df ξ that satisfies the condition φ(ξ ) −→ 0 as ξ −→ ∞.
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
Wong, “Random walks with infinite spatial and temporal moments,” J.
On Fractional Diffusion and its Relation with Continuous Time Random Walks
The solution to this equation provides detailed knowledge about the spatial and temporal distribution of particle fluc (of neutrons, photons, etc.
Monte Carlo: Basics
At this time, the temporal information known by the system is restricted to the events associated with dynamic ob jects.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
In the inset there is the temporal behavior of the degree of a provider.
Growing dynamics of Internet providers