from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a specified temper or disposition. Often used in combination: sweet-tempered; ill-tempered.
  • adj. Adjusted or attuned by the addition of a counterbalancing element; moderated or measured: "prepare the country to expect hard choices and to appreciate tempered values and moderation in private and public life” ( Haynes Johnson).
  • adj. Made appropriately hard or flexible by tempering: a sword of tempered steel.
  • adj. Having the requisite degree of hardness or elasticity. Used of glass or a metal.
  • adj. Music Tuned to temperament. Used of a scale, an interval, semitone, or intonation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of one's disposition.
  • adj. Pertaining to the metallurgical process for finishing metals.
  • adj. Of something moderated or balanced by other considerations.
  • adj. Pertaining to the well-tempered scale, where the twelve notes per octave of the standard keyboard are tuned in such a way that it is possible to play music in any major or minor key and it will not sound perceptibly out of tune.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of temper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Brought to a proper temper; ; having (such) a temper; -- chiefly used in composition

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a certain temper or disposition; disposed: often used in composition: as, a good-tempered man.
  • In music, noting an instrument, scale, or interval that is tuned in accordance with some other temperament than just or pure temperament, specifically one tuned in equal temperament. See temperament, 5.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment
  • adj. adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element


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