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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On Tuesday, San Jose had a high temperature of 99, the hottest June 11 in 114 years. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "A hot day in San Francisco? That’s earthquake weather," 15 June 2019 Still, even several million miles away, the probe will have to withstand temperatures of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The summer solstice is coming: 9 things to know about the longest day of the year," 14 June 2019 It’s past time to develop equipment — transformers — that can withstand air temperatures of 150 degrees and hotter. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: We need transformers that withstand 150+ degrees," 14 June 2019 Meteorologists said Thursday that temperatures were expected to hit 36 C in several regions on Thursday. Fox News, "6 people drown, hundreds seek medical help in Lithuania heat," 13 June 2019 Deemer said temperatures are expected to cool down on Friday – the weather service is forecasting a high of 104 degrees – which is more typical for this time of year in Arizona. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Phoenix ties record-high temperature as excessive heat warning continues in Southwest," 13 June 2019 Deemer said temperatures are expected to cool down on Friday — the National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 104 — which is more typical for this time of year in Arizona. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "Phoenix ties record-high temperature; heat warning remains," 12 June 2019 But after an all too brief cool-off, temperatures are expected to warm up Sunday through Tuesday. Alexa Díaz, latimes.com, "Cool-down expected in Los Angeles after California sees record-breaking highs," 12 June 2019 Hurricanes begin as tropical disturbances in warm ocean waters with surface temperatures of at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.5 degrees Celsius). Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons, explained," 12 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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