temperature

Meaning

Noun

  • A measure of cold or heat, often measurable with a thermometer.
  • An elevated body temperature, as present in fever and many illnesses.
  • A property of macroscopic amounts of matter that serves to gauge the average intensity of the random actual motions of the individually mobile particulate constituents.
  • The state or condition of being tempered or moderated.
  • The balance of humours in the body, or one's character or outlook as considered determined from this; temperament.

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Origin

  • Borrowed from Latin temperatura (cf. also French temp√©rature), from the past participle stem of tempero.

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