dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information
Wiki: Resources, links, and other information


4 definitions found
 for tempered
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Temper \Tem"per\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tempered; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Tempering.] [AS. temprian or OF. temper, F. temp['e]rer,
     and (in sense 3) temper, L. temperare, akin to tempus time.
     Cf. Temporal, Distemper, Tamper.]
     1. To mingle in due proportion; to prepare by combining; to
        modify, as by adding some new element; to qualify, as by
        an ingredient; hence, to soften; to mollify; to assuage;
        to soothe; to calm.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Puritan austerity was so tempered by Dutch
              indifference, that mercy itself could not have
              dictated a milder system.             --Bancroft.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Woman! lovely woman! nature made thee
              To temper man: we had been brutes without you.
                                                    --Otway.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              But thy fire
              Shall be more tempered, and thy hope far higher.
                                                    --Byron.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              She [the Goddess of Justice] threw darkness and
              clouds about her, that tempered the light into a
              thousand beautiful shades and colors. --Addison.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To fit together; to adjust; to accomodate.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Thy sustenance . . . serving to the appetite of the
              eater, tempered itself to every man's liking.
                                                    --Wisdom xvi.
                                                    21.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Metal.) To bring to a proper degree of hardness; as, to
        temper iron or steel.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The tempered metals clash, and yield a silver sound.
                                                    --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. To govern; to manage. [A Latinism & Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
              With which the damned ghosts he governeth,
              And furies rules, and Tartare tempereth. --Spenser.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. To moisten to a proper consistency and stir thoroughly, as
        clay for making brick, loam for molding, etc.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     6. (Mus.) To adjust, as the mathematical scale to the actual
        scale, or to that in actual use.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: To soften; mollify; assuage; soothe; calm.
          [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tempered \Tem"pered\, a.
     Brought to a proper temper; as, tempered steel; having (such)
     a temper; -- chiefly used in composition; as, a good-tempered
     or bad-tempered man; a well-tempered sword.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tempered
      adj 1: made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat
             treatment; "a sword of tempered steel"; "tempered glass"
             [syn: tempered, treated, hardened, toughened]
             [ant: unhardened, untempered]
      2: adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element;
         "criticism tempered with kindly sympathy" [ant: untempered]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  37 Moby Thesaurus words for "tempered":
     aged, annealed, chastened, conditioned, constrained, controlled,
     developed, full-blown, full-fledged, full-grown, fully developed,
     hardened, heat-treated, hedged, hedged about, hushed, in control,
     in full bloom, in hand, leavened, limited, mature, mellow,
     mellowed, mitigated, modified, modulated, qualified, quelled,
     restrained, restricted, ripe, seasoned, softened, stable, subdued,
     toughened
  
  

Questions or comments about this site? Contact webmaster@dict.org