Definition of Temporal

1. Noun. The semantic role of the noun phrase that designates the time of the state or action denoted by the verb.

Exact synonyms: Temporal Role
Generic synonyms: Participant Role, Semantic Role



2. Adjective. Not eternal. "Temporal matters of but fleeting moment"
Similar to: Impermanent, Temporary

3. Adjective. Of or relating to or limited by time. "Music is a temporal art"
Partainyms: Time

4. Adjective. Of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind the orbit). "Temporal bone"
Partainyms: Temple

5. Adjective. Characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world. "Temporal possessions of the church"

6. Adjective. Of this earth or world. "Our temporal existence"
Similar to: Earthly

Definition of Temporal

1. a. Of or pertaining to the temple or temples; as, the temporal bone; a temporal artery.

2. a. Of or pertaining to time, that is, to the present life, or this world; secular, as distinguished from sacred or eternal.

3. n. Anything temporal or secular; a temporality; -- used chiefly in the plural.

Definition of Temporal

1. Adjective. Of or relating to time. ¹

2. Adjective. Of limited time; not perpetual. ¹

3. Adjective. Of or relating to the material world; not spiritual. ¹

4. Adjective. Lasting a short time only. ¹

5. Adjective. of the temples of the head ¹

6. Noun. (skeleton) Either of the bones on the side of the skull, near the ears. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Temporal

1. a bone of the skull [n -S]

Medical Definition of Temporal

1. Of or pertaining to the temple or temples; as, the temporal bone; a temporal artery. Temporal bone, a very complex bone situated in the side of the skull of most mammals and containing the organ of hearing. It consists of an expanded squamosal portion above the ear, corresponding to the squamosal and zygoma of the lower vertebrates, and a thickened basal petrosal and mastoid portion, corresponding to the periotic and tympanic bones of the lower vertebrates. Origin: L. Temporalis, fr. Tempora the temples: cf. F. Temporal. See Temple a part of the head. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Temporal

temple orange
temple orange tree
temple tree
templed
templelike
temples
templet
templets
templing
templon
templons
tempo
tempo mark
tempolabile
tempora
temporal (current term)
temporal aponeurosis
temporal apophysis
temporal arrangement
temporal arteries
temporal arteritis
temporal artery
temporal bone
temporal bones
temporal branch of facial nerve
temporal canal
temporal canthus
temporal case
temporal cases
temporal cortex

Literary usage of Temporal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The temporal lobe, sometimes called the temporo-sphenoidal lobe, presents an outer and an inferior surface. The outer surface is subdivided by two fissures, ..."

2. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"This will be done during the dissection of the temporal and ... The temporal fascia is a strong, glistening membrane which is stretched over the temporal ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Yet ihis temporal sovereignty is regarded by many as the means ... They remind us that the temporal power was the outcome of peculiar and to a great extent ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Yet this temporal sovereignty is regarded by many as the means providentially established to ... They remind us that the temporal power was the outcome of ..."

5. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"It is, however, a question what constituted a royal fief, some defining it as the temporal rights connected with an imperial bishopric or abbey, ..."

6. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1902)
"CHAPTER VII KOME AND THE temporal POWER WE are to describe the consolidation, at the end of the fifteenth and beginning of the sixteenth century, ..."

7. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The temporal lobe, sometimes called the temporo-sphenoidal lobe, presents an outer and an inferior surface. The outer surface is subdivided by two fissures, ..."

8. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"This will be done during the dissection of the temporal and ... The temporal fascia is a strong, glistening membrane which is stretched over the temporal ..."

9. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Yet ihis temporal sovereignty is regarded by many as the means ... They remind us that the temporal power was the outcome of peculiar and to a great extent ..."

10. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Yet this temporal sovereignty is regarded by many as the means providentially established to ... They remind us that the temporal power was the outcome of ..."

11. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"It is, however, a question what constituted a royal fief, some defining it as the temporal rights connected with an imperial bishopric or abbey, ..."

12. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1902)
"CHAPTER VII KOME AND THE temporal POWER WE are to describe the consolidation, at the end of the fifteenth and beginning of the sixteenth century, ..."

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