Definition of temperature
1a : degree of hotness or coldness measured on a definite scaleb : the degree of heat that is natural to the body of a living beingc : abnormally high body heat running a temperature
2a : relative state of emotional warmth scandals raised the political temperatureb : 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
Origin and Etymology of temperature
Latin temperatura mixture, moderation, from temperatus, past participle of temperare
First Known Use: 1533
TEMPERATURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of temperature for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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 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°Fb: a condition of abnormally high body heat was running a temperature
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