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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There is good news on the horizon: temperatures are expected to climb into the high 50s in parts of the Northeast next week. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Spring-Clean Your Skin! 4 Expert-Approved Ways to Purge Winter From Every Last Pore," 25 Mar. 2019 Despite its chilly temperatures, the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah remains a key destination for style. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Stranger Things’ Girl Next Door Was Sundance’s Breakout Style Star," 4 Feb. 2019 For example, after noticing that deep sleep accounted for just 29 percent of my overall sleep one evening, the card told me to avoid high-intensity exercises before bed, as well as other things that could raise my body temperature before sleep. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh," 16 Dec. 2018 His quanta effectively capped the amount of energy that heated objects could release at any temperature. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 Well, your body has an indicator of health and system imbalance which is your temperature, 98.6 means more or less your system’s in balance. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talked to NYU’s Jay Rosen for an hour, on the record. Read and listen to the full interview here.," 14 Sep. 2018 However, what if your bed does that itself? Sleep Number's 360 smart mattresses can track your nightly sleeping patterns, make adjustments to their firmness and can adjust their temperatures. Fox News, "10 smart devices you never knew about before now," 12 Sep. 2018 Dublin in winter, which scores points for its moderate temperatures, innovative art galleries, and cozy pubs; and Rome in the spring, the perfect launching point from which to explore low-key Ponza. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Europe from $99 One-Way," 11 Sep. 2018 The 549 people on flight EK 203 found out on Wednesday, when officials evaluated them and took their temperatures. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "What happens on plane full of sick passengers? An aerospace medicine expert explains," 6 Sep. 2018

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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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