temperature

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

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

In the meantime, temperatures are not expected to warm up much though the sun could be out, the weather service said. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Snow, ice, school closures in Seattle area — and there’s more on the way," 5 Feb. 2019 In Iowa, the coldest temperatures in over two decades are expected to create wind chills of between minus 35 degrees and minus 55 degrees Tuesday night through Thursday morning. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Midwest Prepares for Subzero Polar Vortex," 28 Jan. 2019 Wind shear and cooler ocean temperatures are expected to weaken it over the next few days. Fox News, "The Latest: Hurricane Norman passing Hawaii, Olivia nearing," 6 Sep. 2018 As cattle farmers struggle with rising temperatures, scientists are scrambling to find solutions. WSJ, "Audio Series: The Price of Climate," 4 Jan. 2019 Experts have said that climate change is causing more large-scale wildfires, as these weather patterns are linked to rising global temperatures. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "How to Help People Affected by California Wildfires," 12 Nov. 2018 Coral reefs are facing many threats, including agricultural runoff, coastal development, overfishing and rising sea temperatures. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Coral Reefs Need Fewer Rats and More Bird Poo," 12 July 2018 But the cold front should lower the temperature and quell any storms, right? Zachary Hansen, ajc, "THURSDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Storm chances ramp up as cold front approaches," 12 July 2018 Something as simple as adding weather stripping to doors and windows is a relatively inexpensive way to retain your home’s internal temperature, often paying for itself in energy savings within a year. Barbara Eldredge, Curbed, "How to save on utility bills," 25 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'temperature.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about temperature

Share temperature

Statistics for temperature

Last Updated

13 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for temperature

The first known use of temperature was in 1533

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for temperature

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 How to pronounce temperature (audio) , -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 How to pronounce temperature (audio) , -p(ə-)rə- How to pronounce temperature (audio) , -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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on temperature

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with temperature

Spanish Central: Translation of temperature

Nglish: Translation of temperature for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of temperature for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about temperature

Comments on temperature

What made you want to look up temperature? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a flaw that causes the downfall of a hero

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!