|1.||[ noun ] a sudden outburst of anger|
"his temper sparked like damp firewood"
|Related terms:||annoyance annoy|
|2.||[ noun ] a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger|
|Synonyms:||irritability peevishness pettishness snappishness surliness biliousness|
"his temper was well known to all his employees"
|Related terms:||ill_nature querulousness chasten|
|3.||[ noun ] a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling|
|Synonyms:||mood humor humour|
"whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time" "he was in a bad humor"
|Related terms:||feeling good_humor sulk ill_humor humor|
|4.||[ verb ] (metallurgy) harden by reheating and cooling in oil|
|5.||[ verb ] restrain or temper|
|Related terms:||change pique|
|6.||[ verb ] adjust the pitch (of pianos)|
|7.||[ verb ] make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate|
"she tempered her criticism"
|Related terms:||weaken mollification|
|8.||[ verb ] (metallurgy) anneal or toughen by a process of gradually heating and cooling|
|9.||[ noun ] (physics) the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking|