noun \ˈtem-pə(r)-ˌchr, -p(ə-)rə-, -chər, -ˌtyr, -ˌtr\

: a measurement that indicates how hot or cold something is : a measurement in degrees showing the heat of something (such as air or water)

: a measurement of the heat in a person's body

: a level of heat that is above what is normal for the human body

Full Definition of TEMPERATURE

a :  complexion 1
b :  temperament 3b
a :  degree of hotness or coldness measured on a definite scale
b :  the degree of heat that is natural to the body of a living being
c :  abnormally high body heat <running a temperature>
a :  relative state of emotional warmth <scandals raised the political temperature>
b :  mood <testing the temperature of voters>


  1. Water boils at a temperature of 212°F.
  2. The samples are kept at a constant temperature.
  3. The weatherman predicted unusually low temperatures for the area.
  4. the normal body temperature of 98.6°F


Latin temperatura mixture, moderation, from temperatus, past participle of temperare
First Known Use: 1533

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noun \ˈtem-pə(r)-ˌch(ə)r, -p(ə-)rə-, -chər, -ˌt(y)(ə)r\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TEMPERATURE

: degree of hotness or coldness measured on a definite scale—see thermometer
a : the degree of heat that is natural to a living body <a normal oral temperature of about 98.6°F> b : a condition of abnormally high body heat <was running a temperature>


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Measure of hotness expressed in terms of any of several arbitrary scales, such as Fahrenheit, Celsius, or Kelvin. Heat flows from a hotter body to a colder one and continues to do so until both are at the same temperature. Temperature is a measure of the average energy of the molecules of a body, whereas heat is a measure of the total amount of thermal energy in a body. For example, whereas the temperature of a cup of boiling water is the same as that of a large pot of boiling water (212°F, or 100°C), the large pot has more heat, or thermal energy, and it takes more energy to boil a pot of water than a cup of water. The most common temperature scales are based on arbitrarily defined fixed points. The Fahrenheit scale sets 32° as the freezing point of water and 212° as the boiling point of water (at standard atmospheric pressure). The Celsius scale defines the triple point of water (at which all three phases, solid, liquid, and gas, coexist in equilibrium) at 0.01° and the boiling point at 100°. The Kelvin scale, used primarily for scientific and engineering purposes, sets the zero point at absolute zero and uses a degree the same size as those of the Celsius scale.


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