• WordNet 3.6
    • adj moderate not extreme "a moderate penalty","temperate in his response to criticism"
    • adj moderate being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme "moderate prices","a moderate income","a moderate fine","moderate demands","a moderate estimate","a moderate eater","moderate success","a kitchen of moderate size","the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart"
    • adj moderate marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes "moderate in his demands","restrained in his response"
    • v moderate make less fast or intense "moderate your speed"
    • v moderate restrain
    • v moderate preside over "John moderated the discussion"
    • v moderate make less strong or intense; soften "Tone down that aggressive letter","The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"
    • v moderate make less severe or harsh "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
    • v moderate lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits "moderate your alcohol intake","hold your tongue","hold your temper","control your anger"
    • n moderate a person who takes a position in the political center
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Japanese research has concluded that moderate drinking can boost IQ levels
    • a Moderate Kept within due bounds; observing reasonable limits; not excessive, extreme, violent, or rigorous; limited; restrained "A number of moderate members managed . . . to obtain a majority in a thin house.""Moderate showers."
    • n Moderate (Eccl. Hist) One of a party in the Church of Scotland in the 18th century, and part of the 19th, professing moderation in matters of church government, in discipline, and in doctrine.
    • Moderate To become less violent, severe, rigorous, or intense; as, the wind has moderated .
    • Moderate To preside as a moderator. "Dr. Barlow [was] engaged . . . to moderate for him in the divinity disputation."
    • Moderate To preside over, direct, or regulate, as a public meeting or a discussion; as, to moderate a synod; to moderate a debate.
    • Moderate To restrain from excess of any kind; to reduce from a state of violence, intensity, or excess; to keep within bounds; to make temperate; to lessen; to allay; to repress; to temper; to qualify; as, to moderate rage, action, desires, etc.; to moderate heat or wind. "By its astringent quality, it moderates the relaxing quality of warm water.""To moderate stiff minds disposed to strive."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • moderate To reduce the amount or intensity of; lessen; reduce; restrain; specifically, to reduce from a large amount or great degree to a medium quantity or intensity: as, to moderate the heat of a room; to moderate one's anger, ardor, or passions.
    • moderate To decide as a moderator; judge.
    • moderate Synonyms To mitigate, abate, appease, pacify, quiet, assuage, soothe, soften.
    • moderate To become less violent, severe, rigorous, or intense: as, the storm begins to moderate.
    • moderate To preside as a moderator, as at a meeting.
    • moderate Restrained; temperate; keeping within somewhat restricted limits in action or opinion; avoiding extremes or excess; thinking or acting soberly or temperately: as, to be moderate in all things; a moderate drinker.
    • moderate Thinking, speaking, or acting with habitual slowness; very deliberate.
    • moderate Of things, limited in extent, amount, or degree; not extreme, excessive, or remarkable; restricted; medium: as, moderate wealth or poverty; a moderate quantity; moderate opinions or ability; moderate weather or exercise.
    • moderate Synonyms Moderate, Temperate, reasonable, judicious, mild. When used absolutely, moderate, nearly always refers to a person's temper or opinions, whereas temperate similarly used generally refers to a person's habits in respect to bodily indulgence: a moderate man is one who is not extreme in his views or violent in his sentiments; a temperate man, one who is not addicted to over-indulgence either in eating or in drinking.
    • n moderate One who is moderate in opinion or action; one who is opposed to extreme views or courses, especially in politics or religion. One of a political party in Spain: same as Moderado.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Moderate mod′ėr-āt to keep within measure or bounds: to regulate: to reduce in intensity: to make temperate or reasonable: to pacify: to decide as a moderator
    • v.i Moderate to become less violent or intense: to preside or act as a moderator
    • adj Moderate kept within measure or bounds: not excessive or extreme: temperate: of middle rate
    • n Moderate one of a party in Scottish Church history dominant in the 18th century, lax in doctrine and discipline, but intolerant of Evangelicanism and popular rights—it caused the secessions of 1733 and 1761, and its final resultant was the Disruption of 1843
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  • Aristotle
    “The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.”
  • Charles De Montesquieu
    “The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.”
  • Charles De Montesquieu
    “Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments.”
  • John Ciardi
    John Ciardi
    “There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Out of moderation a pure happiness springs.”
  • Vera Johnson
    Vera Johnson
    “There is such a thing as moderation, even in telling the truth.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. moderatus, p. p. of moderate, moderati, to moderate, regulate, control, fr. modus, measure. See Mode


In literature:

The mother, below, clasps and pulls; the father, above, moderates the jolts and prevents it from rolling.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Sustenance is essential alike to life and longevity, but it is trite to say it must be in moderation, and as far as possible select.
"The Argosy" by Various
Cover and cook for one hour and one-half in a moderate oven.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
Hence, the gratification of the sexual instincts should always be moderate.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Dot with butter and bake in a moderate oven for forty minutes, basting freely.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green
Crown rights to be asserted with moderation 250 33.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
He moderated the forward zeal of the royalists, and tempered their appetite for revenge.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. From Charles II. to James II." by David Hume
There are modern hotels and moderate lodgings at Ballycotton.
"The Sunny Side of Ireland" by John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
The blade is rectangular in outline, and has a rounded, moderately sharp edge.
"Illustrated Catalogue of a Portion of the Collections Made" by William H. Holmes
The trouble is, however, that sensitive people do not keep moderate.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk

In poetry:

He wouldn’t take a liquor with a man,
Not if he was to be hanged, drawn, and quartered,
And yet, he drank—construe it as you can—
Unsweetened gin, most moderately watered.
"Jimmy Wood" by Barcroft Henry Boake
It's a queer thing 'at sich a nation
Can't use a bit o' moderation;
But one lot rush to ther damnation
Throo love o'th' bottle:
Wol others think to win salvation
Wi' bein teetotal."
"A Strange Stooary" by John Hartley
And thus, by moderation bounded,
I live by my own goods surrounded,
Among my friends, my table spread
With viands we may eat nor dread;
And at my side my sweetest wife,
Whose gentleness admits no strife,--
"A Picture Of Domestic Happiness" by Juan Boscan
Content thee, greedie heart.
Modest and moderate joyes to those, that have
Title to more hereafter when they part,
Are passing brave.
Let th' upper springs into the low
Descend and fall, and thou dost flow.
"The Size" by George Herbert
"Hi! boy--Hi! put your book away,
An' come wit' your uncle Pierre to-day,
Ketch hol' of de line an' hang on tight,
An' see if your moder won't cook to-night
Some nice fresh feesh for de familee,"
Many a tam he was say to me--
"Keep Out Of The Weeds" by William Henry Drummond
Last night, whiles that the curfew bell ben ringing,
I heard a moder to her dearie singing
"Lollyby, lolly, lollyby."
And presently that chylde did cease hys weeping,
And on his moder's breast did fall a-sleeping,
To "lolly, lolly, lollyby."
""Lollyby, Lolly, Lollyby"" by Eugene Field

In news:

Jim McReynolds, a moderate Democrat from Lufkin, was elected the same year.
Quality wireless audio performance at moderate volumes.
If CAIR 's Attacking You, You Must Be Good We should honor moderate Muslims like Zuhdi Jasser.
Why it's time for Moderate Mitt.
The Associated Press By and large, Barack Obama's instincts are the instincts of a moderate Republican. Lumenera Corporation Launches Uncooled Camera for Moderate Fluorescence .
After 22 years moderating Donnybrook — the combative roundtable discussion show on KETC-TV (Channel 9) — Martin Duggan, age 89, has passed the baton.
Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren will moderate The Future is BIG.
SILVER CITY — A 69-year-old Silver City woman with moderate dementia was found safe early Saturday morning after being reported missing by her husband on Friday night.
The 6.6-mile round-trip is rated easy to moderate.
Moderation can go a long way .
Why moderates should be alarmed.
Jeffrey Brown moderates a debate between Zandi and Stanford University economist John Taylor.
Lee Dudley Forum Moderator 15 Posts.
"We are only a few weeks into the program,but we are watching the numbersclosely and seeing a moderate boostin in-store traffic," said Bull.

In science:

The purpose of the current paper is to propose a plausible new ingredient for the moderate cooling flow (CF) model.
Feedback Heating with Slow Jets in Cooling Flow Clusters
This ingredient of the moderate CF model makes better the agreement of the model with observations.
Feedback Heating with Slow Jets in Cooling Flow Clusters
However, this ingredient is not necessary for the moderate CF model.
Feedback Heating with Slow Jets in Cooling Flow Clusters
Li, Large and moderate deviations for intersection local times, Probab.
Annealed deviations of random walk in random scenery
At moderate deviations from the equilibrium, we can chose the adiabatic potential of the movable quantum dot as detailed above.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions