Dictionary

temperature

noun tem·per·a·ture \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

1
archaic
a :  complexion 1
b :  temperament 3b
2
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>
3
a :  relative state of emotional warmth <scandals raised the political temperature>
b :  mood <testing the temperature of voters>
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Examples of TEMPERATURE

  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

Origin of TEMPERATURE

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

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TEMPERATURE Defined for Kids

temperature

noun tem·per·a·ture \ˈtem-pə-rə-ˌchr, -prə-ˌchr, -pə-ˌchr, -chər\

Definition of TEMPERATURE for Kids

1
:  degree of hotness or coldness as measured on a scale
2
:  abnormally high body heat :  fever

Word Root of TEMPERATURE

The Latin word temperāre, meaning to make mild, to control, or to soften, gives us the root temper. Words from the Latin temperāre have something to do with mildness or control. To temper is to soften or make something less strong or difficult. Someone temperamental has little control over her or his mood and reactions to people and events. Temperature, or the degree of hotness or coldness, tells whether something is mild, too hot, or too cold.
Medical Dictionary

temperature

noun tem·per·a·ture \ˈtem-pə(r)-ˌch(ə)r, -p(ə-)rə-, -chər, -ˌt(y)(ə)r\

Medical Definition of TEMPERATURE

1
:  degree of hotness or coldness measured on a definite scale—see thermometer
2
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>
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