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  • v. Present participle of temper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The process of giving the requisite degree of hardness or softness to a substance, as iron and steel; especially, the process of giving to steel the degree of hardness required for various purposes, consisting usually in first plunging the article, when heated to redness, in cold water or other liquid, to give an excess of hardness, and then reheating it gradually until the hardness is reduced or drawn down to the degree required, as indicated by the color produced on a polished portion, or by the burning of oil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The process of giving to any metal the desired hardness and elasticity. See temper, 9. Also called annealing.
  • n. In music, the act, process, or result of tuning an instrument, scale, or interval in accordance with some other temperament than just or pure temperament, especially with equal temperament. See temperament, 5.

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

  • adj. moderating by making more temperate
  • n. hardening something by heat treatment


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  • The act of heating then cooling chocolate to specific temperatures so that when the cooled chocolate becomes smooth with a glossy sheen to it.

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