Definition of tempered
1 : treated by tempering; especially, of glass : treated so as to impart increased strength and the property of shattering into pellets when broken
2 : having a specified temper —used in combination short-tempered
3a : having the elements mixed in satisfying proportions : temperateb : qualified, lessened, or diluted by the mixture or influence of an additional ingredient : moderated a pale gleam of tempered sunlight fell through the leaves — W. H. Hudson †1922
4 : conforming to adjustment by temperament —used of a musical interval, intonation, semitone, or scale
Recent Examples of tempered from the Web
But even with tempered expectations, Tuesday’s outing from the 31-year-old Bailey was nothing but encouraging.
This Manichean dichotomy means that there’s no way for any reasonable or tempered debate to emerge over proper behavior or coverage.
Hialeah officials contracted with a company based in Markina (Basque country on the border of France and Spain) to construct the jai-alai walls, which are made of a very sturdy tempered glass and can absorb the 100-mph-plus pelota flings of players.
The majority of Republicans continue to express tempered concern, rather than condemnation.
Today is the final day of campaigning by Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron in the French election but the far-right leader already appears defeated after a bad-tempered TV debate.
The 40-year-old is known as a quick-tempered and combative manager who aims to win-at-all costs and inspires fierce loyalty in his inner circle.
Although Thornton expressed optimism about returning for the playoffs, assistant coach Steve Spott, who was filling in for head coach Pete DeBoer, provided a more tempered assessment.
The tempered glass top won't stain, and protects the temperature and audio controls.
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First Known Use of tempered
TEMPERED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tempered for English Language Learners
: brought to the desired hardness or strength by heating and cooling
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