tempered

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adjective tem·pered \ˈtem-pərd\

Definition of tempered

  1. 1 :  treated by tempering; especially, of glass :  treated so as to impart increased strength and the property of shattering into pellets when broken

  2. 2 :  having a specified temper —used in combination short-tempered

  3. 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. 4 :  conforming to adjustment by temperament —used of a musical interval, intonation, semitone, or scale

First Known Use of tempered

14th century


TEMPERED Defined for English Language Learners

tempered

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Definition of tempered for English Language Learners

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



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