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tem|per|a|ture
tem|per|a|ture «TEHM puhr uh chuhr, -chur; -pruh-», noun.
1. the degree of heat or cold. The temperature of freezing water is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. »

The colour of a glowing opaque body depends only on its temperature and not on its composition (Bondi and Bondi).

Abbr: temp.
2. the degree of heat contained in a human or other living body, usually measured by a thermometer: »

The temperature of a person who has a fever is over 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. a body temperature higher than normal (98.6 degrees) F. or 37 degrees C.; fever: »

A sick person may have a temperature.

4. Physics. a measure of the kinetic energy of the molecules that make up a substance.
5. Obsolete. a) moderation. b) temperament.
[< Latin temperātūra a tempering < temperāre to temper]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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