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
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Recent Examples on the Web Touchless temperature checks will be taken at the door. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Dinosaurs star at Six Flags and Connecticut Science Center, plus other places to find the prehistoric creatures," 13 Apr. 2021 Higginson also noticed the difference between the strict temperature checks and mask requirement at Lucas Oil Stadium and the much more relaxed standards at night clubs and restaurants. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis and the NCAA meticulously planned March Madness. Except for the workers.," 11 Apr. 2021 Other safety protocols include: Requiring employees to wear face coverings and gloves and undergo daily temperature checks. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "Salt River Tubing is opening for summer 2021. Here are prices, hours and what to expect," 8 Apr. 2021 Coronavirus precautions the business has taken include, social distancing tables, having employees and customers wear masks, and doing health screenings and temperature checks with employees before their shifts. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mushrooms in tea? Hartland's Birch & Banyan launched wellness drinks just in time for flu season and coronavirus," 6 Apr. 2021 Instead of requiring the vaccine, IOC said athletes will partake in regular temperature checks and screenings for COVID-19 in order to ensure the safety of all attending the event. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "North Korea opts out of Tokyo Olympics," 6 Apr. 2021 State education officials recently said schools no longer need to do temperature checks for every student entering the building. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Following smooth elementary return, JCPS middle and high schools to reopen Monday," 4 Apr. 2021 Brenda had heard about the rules that come with Project Roomkey: the curfews, the temperature checks to screen for COVID-19, the lack of privacy. Los Angeles Times, "Column: A week later, here’s what happened to some of the homeless people booted from Echo Park," 3 Apr. 2021 To qualify to work at the office, employees must take daily health screenings and temperature checks at home. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, "When S.F., Bay Area companies are reopening offices: Facebook, Google, Uber and more," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of temperature

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for temperature

borrowed from Latin temperātūra "mixture of substances in proper proportion, adjustment between extremes, mean," from temperātus, past participle of temperāre "to moderate, bring to a proper strength or consistency by mixing, maintain in a state of balance" + -ūra -ure — more at temper entry 2

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16 Apr 2021

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“Temperature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperature. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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


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


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

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