Definition of Temperature

1. Noun. The degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity).

2. Noun. The somatic sensation of cold or heat.

Definition of Temperature

1. n. Constitution; state; degree of any quality.

2. n. The degree of heat of the body of a living being, esp. of the human body; also (Colloq.), loosely, the excess of this over the normal (of the human body 98°-99.5° F., in the mouth of an adult about 98.4°).

Definition of Temperature

1. Noun. (obsolete) The state or condition of being tempered or moderated. ¹

2. Noun. (context: now rare archaic) The balance of humours in the body, or one's character or outlook as considered determined from this; temperament. ¹

3. Noun. A measure of cold or heat, often measurable with a thermometer. ¹

4. Noun. An elevated body temperature, as present in fever and many illnesses. ¹

5. Noun. (qualifier when not used in relation with something) The temperature(1) of the immediate environment. ¹

6. Noun. (context: thermodynamics) 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. [ ¹

7. Noun. (medicine) Body temperature noted as: cool, cold, warm, or hot as part of the skin signs assessment ¹

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Definition of Temperature

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Medical Definition of Temperature

1. Temperature is proportional to the average random kinetic energy of ideal gases. (09 Jan 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Temperature

temperate bacteriophage
temperate phage
temperate rain forest
temperate rainforest
temperate virus
temperate zone
temperate zones
temperature (current term)
temperature-compensated vaporiser
temperature-sensitive mutant
temperature change
temperature coefficient
temperature coefficients
temperature gradient
temperature inversion
temperature midpoint
temperature reduction
temperature scale
temperature sense
temperature sensitive mutation
temperature spot
temperature unit

Literary usage of Temperature

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

1. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1873)
"On the 10th April, 1872, the temperature at the surface was, 43-0° ; at 150 feet, 42-0°; ... On 18th November following, the surface temperature was 46O*; ..."

2. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1908)
"Comparative table showing mean temperature of each season at Oakland, ... temperature rept. of Southern Cal. station for 1894 and part of 1895; ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The "chill" rooms are used to take the animal hea>t out of the meat, and reduce its temperature from about 98° F. to cold-storage temperature, that is, ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"After the meat is put in, the animal heat it still contains raises the temperature in the room, but this is again gradually lowered, in the course of 24 to ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The most important of these is the correction for temperature. The scale from which the height of the column is read is longer when the temperature is high ..."

6. Journal by Iron and Steel Institute (1893)
"This explains the combustion of charcoal without flame at a temperature of 700° ... The temperature of the Electric Arc.—J. Violle* has again determined the ..."

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