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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


  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.


  1. Temperature

    Temperature is a physical quantity that expresses quantitatively the perceptions of hotness and coldness. Temperature is measured with a thermometer. Thermometers are calibrated in various temperature scales that historically have relied on various reference points and thermometric substances for definition. The most common scales are the Celsius scale with the unit symbol °C (formerly called centigrade), the Fahrenheit scale (°F), and the Kelvin scale (K), the latter being used predominantly for scientific purposes. The kelvin is one of the seven base units in the International System of Units (SI). Absolute zero, i.e., zero kelvin or −273.15 °C, is the lowest point in the thermodynamic temperature scale. Experimentally, it can be approached very closely but not actually reached, as recognized in the third law of thermodynamics. It would be impossible to extract energy as heat from a body at that temperature. Temperature is important in all fields of natural science, including physics, chemistry, Earth science, astronomy, medicine, biology, ecology, material science, metallurgy, mechanical engineering and geography as well as most aspects of daily life.


  1. temperature

    Temperature is a measure of the average kinetic energy of the particles in a substance, reflecting how hot or cold the substance is. It is a fundamental physical property that quantifies heat intensity and is typically measured in degrees on the Fahrenheit, Celsius, or Kelvin scale. The behavior of a system often changes significantly with temperature, such as phase transitions from solid, to liquid, to gas, and vice versa.

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


  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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  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. Michael Ahrens:

    The RNC is committed to holding a safe convention that fully complies with local health regulations in place at the time, the event is still almost two months away, and we are planning to offer health precautions including but not limited to temperature checks, available PPE, aggressive sanitizing protocols, and available Covid-19 testing.

  2. Bill Nye:

    By the end of this century, if emissions keep rising, the average temperature on Earth could go up another four to eight degrees, what I'm saying is the planet's on f *** ing fire. There are a lot of things we could do to put it out -- are any of them free ? No, of course not. Nothing's free, you idiots. Grow the f ** k up. You're not children anymore. I didn't mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you're adults now, and this is an actually crisis, got it ? Safety glasses off, motherf *** ers.

  3. Derica Peters:

    They can also allow for water flow, which has a positive effect on storm water management, and cool the surface temperature. as we are well aware that the urban heat island is here, and as we’re simultaneously trying to prevent it and mitigate it, we have to be able to respond to it as it does impact the public and our infrastructure.

  4. Nirav Shah:

    This phenomenon of some doses arriving out of the temperature range happened not just in Maine, but also in some other states, for example, in Michigan.

  5. Xingshuo Huang:

    Creating more of this rare but super useful diamond is the long-term aim of this work, being able to make two types of diamonds at room temperature was exciting to achieve for the first time in our lab.

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