tempered
adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. having the elements mixed in satisfying proportions ; temperate b. qualified, lessened, or diluted by the mixture or influence of an additional ingredient ; moderated <
a pale gleam of tempered sunlight fell through the leaves — W. H. Hudson †1922
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2. treated by tempering; especially of glass treated so as to impart increased strength and the property of shattering into pellets when broken 3. having a specified temper — used in combination <
short-tempered
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4. conforming to adjustment by temperament — used of a musical interval, intonation, semitone, or scale

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  • Tempered — Tem pered, a. Brought to a proper temper; as, tempered steel; having (such) a temper; chiefly used in composition; as, a good tempered or bad tempered man; a well tempered sword. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tempered — [tem′pərd] adj. 1. having been given the desired temper, consistency, hardness, etc. [tempered steel] 2. modified by addition of or mixture with other qualities, ingredients, etc. [the mercy in a tempered justice] 3. having a (specified kind of)… …   English World dictionary

  • tempered — I adjective adapted, adjusted, altered, changed, corrected, indurate, indurated, moderated, modified, recast, reconstructed, remolded, reshaped, revised, transformed, treated II index reasonable (fair) Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • Tempered — Temper Tem per, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tempered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tempering}.] [AS. temprian or OF. temper, F. temp[ e]rer, and (in sense 3) temper, L. temperare, akin to tempus time. Cf. {Temporal}, {Distemper}, {Tamper}.] 1. To mingle in due… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tempered — /tem peuhrd/, adj. 1. having a temper or disposition of a specified character (usually used in combination): a good tempered child. 2. Music. tuned in accordance with some other temperament than just or pure temperament, esp. tuned in equal… …   Universalium

  • tempered — adjective a) Of ones disposition. The Pyncheon Elm, throughout its great circumference, was all alive, and full of the morning sun and a sweet tempered little breeze, which lingered within this verdant sphere, and set a thousand leafy tongues a… …   Wiktionary

  • tempered — adjective 1. made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment a sword of tempered steel tempered glass • Syn: ↑treated, ↑hardened, ↑toughened • Ant: ↑untempered …   Useful english dictionary

  • -tempered — comb. form having a specified temper or disposition (bad tempered; hot tempered). Derivatives: temperedly adv. temperedness n. * * * comb. form having a specified temper or disposition ill tempered …   Useful english dictionary

  • tempered — tem•pered [[t]ˈtɛm pərd[/t]] adj. 1) having a temper or disposition as specified (usu. used in combination): a good tempered child[/ex] 2) mad mus tuned in accordance with some temperament, esp. equal temperament 3) made less intense or violent,… …   From formal English to slang

  • -tempered — combining form having a specified temper or disposition: ill tempered. Derivatives temperedly combining form. temperedness combining form …   English new terms dictionary

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