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Dictionary definition for: Temper

1. (n) a sudden outburst of anger; "his temper sparked like damp firewood"

2. (v) toughen (steel or glass) by a process of gradually heating and cooling; "temper glass"

3. (n) a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling; "whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time" "he was in a bad humor"

4. (v) harden by reheating and cooling in oil; "temper steel"

5. (n) a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger; "his temper was well known to all his employees"

6. (v) adjust the pitch (of pianos)

7. (n) the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking

8. (v) make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate; "she tempered her criticism"

9. (v) restrain or temper

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