tempered

adjective tem·pered \ ˈtem-pərd \

Definition of tempered

1 : treated by tempering; especiallyof 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
3 a : having the elements mixed in satisfying proportions : temperate
b : 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

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First Known Use of tempered

14th century


TEMPERED Defined for English Language Learners

tempered

adjective

Definition of tempered for English Language Learners

  • : brought to the desired hardness or strength by heating and cooling



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