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Definition 1: the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for temper in the sense of this definition

(temper is a kind of ...) the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed

"the waistband had lost its snap"

Definition 2: a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where temper or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his temper was well known to all his employees

Synonyms for temper in the sense of this definition

(temper is a kind of ...) a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition

(... is a kind of temper ) the quality of being given to complaining

Definition 3: a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where temper or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time
  • he was in a bad humor

Synonyms for temper in the sense of this definition

(temper is a kind of ...) the experiencing of affective and emotional states

"she had a feeling of euphoria" "he had terrible feelings of guilt" "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"

(... is a kind of temper ) an annoyed or irritated mood

(... is a kind of temper ) a mood or display of sullen aloofness or withdrawal

"stayed home in a sulk"

(... is a kind of temper ) a cheerful and agreeable mood

(... is a kind of temper ) an angry and disagreeable mood

Definition 4: a sudden outburst of anger - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where temper or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his temper sparked like damp firewood

Synonyms for temper in the sense of this definition

(temper is a kind of ...) anger produced by some annoying irritation

Definition 5: make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else - [verb of change]

Samples where temper or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she tempered her criticism

Synonyms for temper in the sense of this definition

(temper is a kind of ...) lessen the strength of

"The fever weakened his body"

Definition 6: adjust the pitch (of pianos) - [verb of change]

(temper is a kind of ...) alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

"Adjust the clock, please" "correct the alignment of the front wheels"

Definition 7: harden by reheating and cooling in oil - [verb of change]

Samples where temper or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • temper steel

Synonyms for temper in the sense of this definition

(temper is a kind of ...) make less severe or harsh or extreme

"please modify this letter to make it more polite" "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"

Definition 8: change by restraining or moderating - [verb of change]

Synonyms for temper in the sense of this definition

(temper is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Definition 9: bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling - [verb of change]

Samples where temper or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • temper glass

Synonyms for temper in the sense of this definition

(temper is a kind of ...) make hard or harder

"The cold hardened the butter"

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