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tempered

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adjective tem·pered \ˈtem-pərd\

Simple Definition of tempered

  • : brought to the desired hardness or strength by heating and cooling

Full Definition of tempered

  1. 1a :  having the elements mixed in satisfying proportions :  temperateb :  qualified, lessened, or diluted by the mixture or influence of an additional ingredient :  moderated <a pale gleam of tempered sunlight fell through the leaves — W. H. Hudson †1922>

  2. 2 :  treated by tempering; especially of glass :  treated so as to impart increased strength and the property of shattering into pellets when broken

  3. 3 :  having a specified temper —used in combination <short-tempered>

  4. 4 :  conforming to adjustment by temperament —used of a musical interval, intonation, semitone, or scale

14th Century

First Known Use of tempered

14th century



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