- The degree of heat of a living body.
- An excess of this over the normal (c. 37°C or c. 98.6°F in humans); fever.
- The degree of heat of the atmosphere.
When it is 54 degrees outside, 54 degrees is an example of temperature.
When your body is at 98.6 degrees, this is an example of a normal body temperature.
The temperature dropped nearly 20 degrees; it went from hot to cold.
Origin of temperature
- Middle English temperate weather Latin temperātūra due measure from temperātus past participle of temperāre to mix temper
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition