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 Keeping batteries indoors, at room temperature, and partially charged when not in use, can help with longevity. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, "There Are Lots of Different E-Bikes. Here’s Your Guide to Picking the Right One.," 25 Apr. 2021 Defrost and rewarm on the stove top or microwave, or serve at room temperature. Washington Post, "A buttery braise sweetens radishes and melts their greens," 22 Apr. 2021 With jammy eggs, there is no reason to wait for the eggs to come to room temperature before cooking. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Jammy eggs are an ideal mealtime solution," 21 Apr. 2021 Cut the pie into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Hortopita, a Greek pie of greens and feta in phyllo dough, is a country cousin to familiar spanakopita," 20 Apr. 2021 Some vegetables keep for a long time stored in a jar of water at room temperature. Anne-marie Bonneau, Los Angeles Times, "Most food waste in the U.S. occurs at the consumer level. You can do something about it," 15 Apr. 2021 This snack made from pork, shrimp, herbs, rice vermicelli and other ingredients wrapped in rice paper is served at room temperature. CNN, "The world's 50 best foods," 13 Apr. 2021 But even inside a spacecraft or a space station—cozy, pressurized, temperature-controlled, with food supplies, comfortable sleep pods, and a zero-g privy to take care of unavoidable essentials—the body doesn’t care for space. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Space Can Take a Nasty Toll On An Astronaut's Heart, Study Finds," 2 Apr. 2021 The Biebers have spent much of the pandemic living in their $5 million lakeside mansion in Ontario, which boasts four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and—get ready for this—a two-story wine room that’s temperature-controlled. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "Every Single Property That Justin and Hailey Bieber Have Called Home," 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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28 Apr 2021

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“Temperature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperature. Accessed 10 May. 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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