temperature

noun
tem·​per·​a·​ture | \ ˈtem-pər-ˌchu̇r, ˈtem-pə-, -p(ə-)rə-, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r \

Definition of temperature

1a : 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
2a : relative state of emotional warmth scandals raised the political temperature
b : mood testing the temperature of voters

Examples of temperature in a Sentence

Water boils at a temperature of 212°F. The samples are kept at a constant temperature. The weatherman predicted unusually low temperatures for the area. the normal body temperature of 98.6°F
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Loss of the canopy also exposed the pilots to freezing temperatures of -45 degrees Celsius/-49 degrees Fahrenheit. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Cockpit Canopy Falls Off F-15 at 30,000 Feet, Pilot Lands the Damn Jet Anyway," 7 Jan. 2019 Analysts say builders could be taking a cautious stance because of the overall temperature of the housing market. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Home Sales Post Steepest Decline in Over Seven Years," 19 Dec. 2018 It's seen temperatures of 90 degrees or higher on eight days this month and 19 days in June. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Sweaty days are on the rise in Charlotte, and they can send you to the hospital," 11 July 2018 To cope with dry desert climate, oryx have a remarkable tolerance for sweltering heat and are able to withstand an internal body temperature of 116 degrees Fahrenheit, minimizing loss of water through sweat. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx," 10 July 2018 Required by the second law of thermodynamics, that unavoidable waste of energy severely limits the efficiency of a heat engine to below a level set by the temperatures of the baths. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Quantum measurements could power a tiny, hyper-efficient engine," 10 July 2018 Sunny skies in North Carolina and Virginia were helping to thaw out snow drifts left behind by the weekend storm, but temperatures were expected to plunge again, refreezing moisture on the roads Wednesday morning. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Refreezing still a threat after snowstorm; rain on the way," 11 Dec. 2018 Forget about the bone-chilling outdoor temperature and post up in the sauna. Lily Kupets, Vogue, "A Winter Weekend Destination You’ve Likely Overlooked: New Paltz, New York," 28 Dec. 2018 Both air and nitrogen respond similarly to The Ideal Gas Law, which says temperature and pressure are directly related. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Should You Really Put Nitrogen in Your Car Tires?," 19 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of temperature

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for temperature

Latin temperatura mixture, moderation, from temperatus, past participle of temperare

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temperature

noun

English Language Learners Definition of temperature

: 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

temperature

noun
tem·​per·​a·​ture | \ ˈtem-pə-rə-ˌchu̇r, -prə-ˌchu̇r, -pə-ˌchu̇r, -chər\

Kids Definition of temperature

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

temperature

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

Medical Definition of temperature

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