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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Reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes, remove from the heat and set aside at room temperature. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Bravo's ziti chicken dish gets new name, same great taste," 15 June 2018 On Monday, most of the rain is expected after 1 p.m. There is a 60 percent chance of rain Monday night, mainly before 9 p.m. The high temperature is expected to be about 92 degrees. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando weather: Relief from rain may come later in week," 9 July 2018 However, higher temperatures, lower-humidity conditions and winds are expected to continue this week. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Firefighters gain ground, some evacuations lifted: Northern California fires update," 9 July 2018 Triple-digit temperatures were expected to linger through the weekend, according to the weather service. Ruben Vives, Victoria Kim And Sarah Parvini, Anchorage Daily News, "Southern California sets all-time heat records," 7 July 2018 Friday was forecast to be the peak of the heat wave, but triple-digit temperatures were expected to linger through the weekend, according to the weather service. Sarah Parvini, latimes.com, "Southern California sets all-time heat records amid broiling conditions," 7 July 2018 Weekend temperatures are expected to remain in the 80s, a welcome break from last weekend's heat wave. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Afternoon storms bring cooler temps to metro Detroit for rest of week," 5 July 2018 Friday's temperatures are expected to range from 60 to 84 degrees, with 81 degrees predicted for Saturday's high. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Dave Matthews Band at Ruoff: What you need to know," 5 July 2018 Heat warnings were in effect across southern Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic region of the country, but temperatures were expected to drop overnight. Washington Post, "Record-breaking heat wave kills 33 people in Quebec," 5 July 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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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, -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, -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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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