What does temperature mean?

Definitions for temperature
ˈtɛm pər ə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər, -prə-, -pər tʃər, -ˌtʃʊərtem·per·a·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. temperaturenoun

    the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity)

  2. temperaturenoun

    the somatic sensation of cold or heat

Wiktionary

  1. temperaturenoun

    The state or condition of being tempered or moderated.

  2. temperaturenoun

    The balance of humours in the body, or one's character or outlook as considered determined from this; temperament.

  3. temperaturenoun

    A measure of cold or heat, often measurable with a thermometer.

    The boiling temperature of pure water is 100 degrees Celsius.

  4. temperaturenoun

    An elevated body temperature, as present in fever and many illnesses.

    You have a temperature; I think you should stay home today. You're sick.

  5. temperaturenoun

    The temperature(1) of the immediate environment.

    The temperature dropped nearly 20 degrees; it went from hot to cold.

  6. temperaturenoun

    A property of macroscopic amounts of matter that serves to gauge the average intensity of the random actual motions of the individually mobile particulate constituents.

  7. temperaturenoun

    Body temperature noted as: cool, cold, warm, or hot as part of the skin signs assessment

  8. Etymology: From French température or temperatura, from the past participle stem of temperare ‘temper’.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Temperaturenoun

    Etymology: temperatura, tempero, Latin; temperature, French.

    It lieth in the same climate, and is of no other temperature than Guinea. George Abbot, Description of the World.

    Birds that change countries at certain seasons, if they come earlier, shew the temperature of weather. Francis Bacon.

    Memory depends upon the consistence and the temperature of the brain. Isaac Watts.

    As the world’s sun doth effects beget
    Diff’rent, in divers places ev’ry day;
    Here Autumn’s temperature, there Summer’s heat,
    Here flow’ry Spring-tide, and there Winter gray. Davies.

    If, instead of this variation of heat, we suppose an equality, or constant temperature of it before the deluge, the case would be much altered. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

    In that proud port which her so goodly graceth,
    Most goodly temperature you may descry. Edmund Spenser.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Temperaturenoun

    constitution; state; degree of any quality

  2. Temperaturenoun

    freedom from passion; moderation

  3. Temperaturenoun

    condition with respect to heat or cold, especially as indicated by the sensation produced, or by the thermometer or pyrometer; degree of heat or cold; as, the temperature of the air; high temperature; low temperature; temperature of freezing or of boiling

  4. Temperaturenoun

    mixture; compound

Freebase

  1. Temperature

    Temperature is a physical quantity that is a measure of hotness and coldness on a numerical scale. It is a measure of the thermal energy per particle of matter or radiation; it is measured by a thermometer, which may be calibrated in any of various temperature scales, Celsius, Fahrenheit, Kelvin, etc. Temperature is an intensive property, which means it is independent of the amount of material present; in contrast to energy, an extensive property, which is proportional to the amount of material in the system. For example, a lightening bolt can heat a small portion of the atmosphere hotter than the surface of the sun. Empirically it is found that an isolated system, one that exchanges no energy or material with its environment, tends to a spatially uniform temperature as time passes. When a path permeable only to heat is open between two bodies, energy always transfers spontaneously as heat from a hotter body to a colder one. The transfer rate depends on the thermal conductivity of the path or boundary between them. Between two bodies with the same temperature no heat flows. These bodies are said to be in thermal equilibrium. In kinetic theory and in statistical mechanics, temperature is the effect of the thermal energy arising from the motion of microscopic particles such as atoms, molecules and photons. The relation is proportional as given by the Boltzmann constant.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Temperature

    The property of objects that determines the direction of heat flow when they are placed in direct thermal contact. The temperature is the energy of microscopic motions (vibrational and translational) of the particles of atoms.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'temperature' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2393

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'temperature' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2433

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'temperature' in Nouns Frequency: #798

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of temperature in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of temperature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of temperature in a Sentence

  1. Eric Tanenblatt:

    I will say at the time that that happened, the temperature was pretty high, there were a lot of people in the state, Republicans, Donald Trump supporters, who believed there were real problems.

  2. Nan Roman:

    Obviously it doesn't capture every single person, and it's affected by the supply of beds and the temperature but, having said that, I think it's extremely valuable, it's the best we have.

  3. Makoto Yokohari:

    When it comes to heat stress or heat stroke, the problem is not only the temperature but also the humidity as well, when you can combine these two ... Tokyo is the worst in history.

  4. Simon Hanks:

    Essentially, it is an extremely efficient heat exchanging system, which will effectively mount on the front of our new engine design and very efficiently cool incoming air of a very high temperature of about a thousand degrees C [Centigrade], to minus 150 degrees C in a fraction of a second; approximately one-hundredth of a second.

  5. Melissa Bessey:

    Some people believe in cleaning dirty plants by putting them in the shower. This method does work, but you have to get the water temperature just right, room temperature, and it can get messy.

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