Definition of temperature
- running a temperature
- scandals raised the political temperature
- testing the temperature of voters
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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First Known Use: 1533See Words from the same year
: 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
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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