Temperate zone
Temperate Tem"per*ate, a. [L. temperatus, p. p. of temperare. See {Temper}, v. t.] 1. Moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate. [1913 Webster]

2. Not marked with passion; not violent; cool; calm; as, temperate language. [1913 Webster]

She is not hot, but temperate as the morn. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

That sober freedom out of which there springs Our loyal passion for our temperate kings. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. Moderate in the indulgence of the natural appetites or passions; as, temperate in eating and drinking. [1913 Webster]

Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. --Franklin. [1913 Webster]

4. Proceeding from temperance. [R.] [1913 Webster]

The temperate sleeps, and spirits light as air. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{Temperate zone} (Geog.), that part of the earth which lies between either tropic and the corresponding polar circle; -- so called because the heat is less than in the torrid zone, and the cold less than in the frigid zones. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Abstemious; sober; calm; cool; sedate. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Temperate Zone — n. either of the two zones of the earth (North Temperate Zone and South Temperate Zone) between the tropics and the polar circles …   English World dictionary

  • temperate zone — temperate .zone n one of the two parts of the Earth that are north and south of the ↑tropics …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Temperate Zone — noun the part of the Earth s surface between the Arctic Circle and the Tropic of Cancer or between the Antarctic Circle and the Tropic of Capricorn; characterized by temperate climate • Hypernyms: ↑climatic zone • Instance Hyponyms: ↑North… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Temperate Zone — Geog. the part of the earth s surface lying between the tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle in the Northern Hemisphere or between the tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle in the Southern Hemisphere, and characterized by having a… …   Universalium

  • temperate zone — noun each of the two belts of latitude between the torrid zone and the northern and southern frigid zones …   English new terms dictionary

  • Temperate Zone — Tem′perate Zone n. geo ecl the part of the earth between the tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle in the Northern Hemisphere or between the tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle in the Southern Hemisphere, having a climate that is warm… …   From formal English to slang

  • Temperate Zone — /ˈtɛmpərət zoʊn / (say tempuhruht zohn) noun the parts of the earth s surface lying between each of the tropics and the polar circle nearest to it. Also, Variable Zone …   Australian English dictionary

  • temperate zone — noun Usage: often capitalized T&Z Date: 1551 the area or region between the Tropic of Cancer and the arctic circle or between the Tropic of Capricorn and the antarctic circle …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • temperate zone — noun Those parts of the Earths surface between the tropics and the polar regions …   Wiktionary

  • Temperate Zone — area between the tropic of Capricorn and the antarctic circle or between the tropic of Cancer and the arctic circle …   English contemporary dictionary

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