adjective tem·pered \ˈtem-pərd\

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

Full Definition of TEMPERED

a :  having the elements mixed in satisfying proportions :  temperate
b :  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>
:  treated by tempering; especially of glass :  treated so as to impart increased strength and the property of shattering into pellets when broken
:  having a specified temper —used in combination <short-tempered>
:  conforming to adjustment by temperament —used of a musical interval, intonation, semitone, or scale

First Known Use of TEMPERED

14th century


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