- The definition of temporal is relating to the temples of the skull, limited by time or relating to this present life or world.
- An example of temporal used as an adjective is a temporal lobe in the brain.
- An example of temporal used as an adjective is temporal logic, the rules about reasoning in terms of time.
- An example of temporal used as an adjective is temporal happiness which means happiness of this world, not happiness in the afterlife.
- lasting only for a time; transitory; temporary, not eternal
- of this world; worldly, not spiritual
- civil or secular rather than ecclesiastical
- of or limited by time
- Gram. expressing distinctions in time; pertaining to tense
Origin: Middle English from Classical Latin temporalis from tempus, time: see temper
- temporally adverb
Origin: LL temporalis from Classical Latin tempora: see temple
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- Of, relating to, or limited by time: a temporal dimension; temporal and spatial boundaries.
- Of or relating to the material world; worldly: the temporal possessions of the Church.
- Lasting only for a time; not eternal; passing: our temporal existence.
- Secular or lay; civil: lords temporal and spiritual.
- Grammar Expressing time: a temporal adverb.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin temporālis, from tempus, tempor-, time.
- temˈpo·ral·ly adverb
Origin: Late Latin temporālis, from Latin tempora, pl. of tempus, temple.
temporal - Computer Definition
Having to do with time. Contrast with "spatial," which deals with space.
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adjective Abbr. temp.
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