• WordNet 3.6
    • v temporize draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time "The speaker temporized in order to delay the vote"
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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.
    • Temporize To comply with the time or occasion; to humor, or yield to, the current of opinion or circumstances; also, to trim, as between two parties. "They might their grievance inwardly complain,
      But outwardly they needs must temporize ."
    • Temporize To comply; to agree.
    • Temporize To delay; to procrastinate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • temporize To comply with the time or occasion, or with the desires of another; yield temporarily or ostensibly to the current of opinion or circumstances.
    • temporize To parley.
    • temporize To dilly-dally; delay; procrastinate.
    • temporize Also spelled temporise.
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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
F. temporiser,. See Temporal of time


In literature:

For his eyes are blind, and his ears are deaf, and his whole body is dead to the things that are temporal.
"Bunyan Characters - Third Series The Holy War" by Alexander Whyte
He is ready to seize both temporal and spiritual power.
"Cinq Mars, Complete" by Alfred de Vigny
So he paused for a second and temporized.
"The Woman Who Did" by Grant Allen
Be thine, things temporal.
"Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
She saw that neither her spiritual nor temporal conductor looked kindly upon her.
"The Fair Maid of Perth" by Sir Walter Scott
But the temporal power, the temporal power.
"Rome From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
But the temporal power, the temporal power.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Let us beware of an undue eagerness after the possession of any temporal enjoyment.
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I" by Francis Augustus Cox
This sovereign disposal of human affairs has been apparent, both in temporal and spiritual concerns.
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II" by Francis Augustus Cox
Gold and earthly glory, temporal crowns and kingdoms could not make rest for saints.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various

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:

Judge Sarah K Mullican was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court as judge pro tempore in Terre Haute City Court, effective Jan 1, 2011.
Judge Julian L Ridlen was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court as judge pro tempore in Howard Superior Court 2, effective Jan 1, 2011.
Assembly minority names new Leader Pro Tempore .
Senate President Pro Tempore David Long hosted a fraud prevention workshop at the Community Center on Main Street on Tuesday.
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.
Identifying complexity results for qualitative spatial or temporal calculi has been an important research topic in the past 15 years.
Reinforcement learning problems are commonly tackled with temporal difference methods, which use dynamic programming and statistical sampling to estimate the long-term value of taking each action in each state.
Temporal scalability refers to removing some of the video frames from the stream.
Riverain Technologies' Temporal Comparison X-ray Software Receives FDA Clearance.
Aidan Redmond and Rosie Benton star in " Temporal Powers.".
Study Finds Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometry Accurate on Newborns.
NAD reviews Exergen's ad claims for temporal thermometers.
Easter parades capture New Orleans' unique mix of spiritual, temporal .
A New Algorithm for the Simple Temporal Problem.
The Simple Temporal Problem (STP) is a sub-problem of almost any planning or scheduling problem involving time constraints.

In science:

Internal radioactivity background typically consists of α, β and γ emissions which have characteristic energies and temporal-correlations.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
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
M5-branes with nonvanishing temporal components of the background three-form tensor field can be different from the tension M 3 p /(2π )2 of membranes where Mp is the eleven-dimensional gravitational scale.
S-Duality from OM-Theory
QUANT has two elements, the first one representing the proper name and the second one the temporal adverb tomorrow.
Interfacing Constraint-Based Grammars and Generation Algorithms