tem·​pered | \ ˈtem-pərd How to pronounce tempered (audio) \

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 : 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

Examples of tempered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anyone who knows her immediately sees that this girl is an incredibly sweet-tempered and mild-mannered pup. The Arizona Republic, 22 Oct. 2021 Parts for the fancy computers include RAM, processors and video cards designed for high-end gaming and a black computer chassis with a tempered glass to hold everything. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2021 Twelve of the sphere’s 1,500 panels of laminated, tempered glass are actually vents that are programmed to lift up and let out hot air. Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 Cable management is arguably pristine, and through the tempered glass, everything looks neat, deliberate and minimalistic. Mitch Wallace, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 What happens when a bad-tempered, distractible doofus runs an empire? Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 The movable Callum Bar Cart with an iron frame supporting two tempered glass shelves is $175.99. oregonlive, 16 June 2021 And that tendency was most evident in the kitchen, where the cabinets were flat and dark grey, contrasting with the quartz countertops and tempered glass backsplash. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 14 June 2021 The decline here suggests that the rising case counts in August tempered employer demand for new hires. CBS News, 12 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of tempered

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

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“Tempered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tempered. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tempered

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


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