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
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What’s left from this mission — about three-quarters after scientific study, public displays and goodwill gifts to all countries and U.S. states in 1969 — is kept mostly here at room temperature. Marcia Dunn, The Denver Post, "NASA to open moon rock samples sealed since Apollo missions," 26 June 2019 What’s left from this mission — about three-quarters after scientific study, public displays, and goodwill gifts to all countries and US states in 1969 — is kept mostly here at room temperature. Marcia Dunn, BostonGlobe.com, "NASA unseals moon rock samples for the first time since the Apollo missions," 26 June 2019 Serve immediately, or store in a single layer in an airtight container at cool room temperature. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Everyone can celebrate July 4 with gluten-free, vegan cupcakes," 26 June 2019 Let stand at room temperature, tossing occasionally, 10 minutes. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "Marinated Peppers and Onions," 26 June 2019 Pat thighs dry with paper towel and allow to sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "The thighs have it! Chicken pieces keep juicy flavor," 25 June 2019 Vitello tonnato, the classic Italian summer dish, typically uses veal roast or veal shoulder and is served at room temperature. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "The Federal, Agawam," 25 June 2019 Drain the pasta, drizzle with oil to coat, and let cool to room temperature. Christian Burno, Dallas News, "New 'real wellness' cookbook encourages body positivity and a healthy relationship with food," 24 June 2019 Served at room temperature, the banh cuon was soft and slippery, pale and wrinkled in places like pruny fingertips, served with a sweet nuoc cham, or dipping sauce. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "The Art of Banh Cuon, Vietnamese Rice Rolls," 20 June 2019

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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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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

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