- When steel is reheated and then cooled in order to make it harder, this is an example of when the steel is tempered.
- When you yell at someone and criticize them but then provide some positive feedback, this is an example of when you tempered your criticism.
Tempered is defined as made harder by adding heat or some substance, or adjusting your temperament.
- having been given the desired temper, consistency, hardness, etc.: tempered steel
- modified by addition of or mixture with other qualities, ingredients, etc.: the mercy in a tempered justice
- having a (specified kind of) temper: bad-tempered
- Music adjusted to a temperament, esp. equal temperament
- Having a specified temper or disposition. Often used in combination: sweet-tempered; ill-tempered.
- Adjusted or attuned by the addition of a counterbalancing element; moderated or measured: “prepare the country to expect hard choices and to appreciate tempered values and moderation in private and public life” (Haynes Johnson).
- Made appropriately hard or flexible by tempering: a sword of tempered steel.
- Having the requisite degree of hardness or elasticity. Used of glass or a metal.
- Music Tuned to temperament. Used of a scale, an interval, a semitone, or intonation.
- Of one's 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-whispering all at once. This aged tree appeared to have suffered nothing from the gale. "” Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables, Chapter 19.
- Pertaining to the metallurgical process for finishing metals.
- 1851 "Not forged!" and snatching Perth's levelled iron from the crotch, Ahab held it out, exclaiming -- "Look ye, Nantucketer; here in this hand I hold his death! Tempered in blood, and tempered by lightning are these barbs; and I swear to temper them triply in that hot place behind the fin, where the white whale most feels his accursed life!" "” Herman Melville, Moby Dick.
- Of something moderated or balanced by other considerations.
- 1792 The downcast eye, the rosy blush, the retiring grace, are all proper in their season; but modesty, being the child of reason, cannot long exist with the sensibility that is not tempered by reflection "” Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
- (music) Pertaining to the well-tempered scale, where the twelve notes per octave of the standard keyboard are tuned in such a way that it is possible to play music in any major or minor key and it will not sound perceptibly out of tune.
- Simple past tense and past participle of temper.