Definition of temperature in US English:

temperature

noun

  • 1The degree or intensity of heat present in a substance or object, especially as expressed according to a comparative scale and shown by a thermometer or perceived by touch.

    • ‘He would record the temperature, atmospheric pressure, the degree of cloud cover, whether there was rain or snow.’
    • ‘The boiling point of a substance is the temperature at which the liquid boils.’
    • ‘With the outside temperature touching 43 degrees Celsius, the extreme heat policy was in force.’
    • ‘Food should be kept in the fridge because mould cannot flourish at a temperature below five degree centigrade.’
    • ‘Only in the study of quantum liquids at temperatures close to absolute zero does experimental accuracy approach Heisenberg's limit.’
    • ‘Show your child how to use a simple thermometer to take the temperature of the water.’
    • ‘The main challenges are swimming in temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit and the high winds, he says.’
    • ‘With the proper enzymes present, biological temperatures suffice to allow reactions to proceed.’
    • ‘These were based on the measurement of canopy temperature using infrared thermometers.’
    • ‘After checking the time, he took out the thermometer and studied the temperature.’
    • ‘He studied seawater luminescence and ocean temperatures while charting the path of the Gulf Stream.’
    • ‘Man can't land on Venus, where the surface temperature is 800 degrees Fahrenheit, but a robot can.’
    • ‘Refrigeration is the cooling of substances below ambient temperatures by extracting heat from them.’
    • ‘Ideally you should use a meat thermometer to monitor the temperature as you cook.’
    • ‘The temperature at which a substance melts depends upon the external pressure on the solid.’
    • ‘Meteorologists compare the two temperatures when calculating humidity and dewpoint.’
    • ‘For a machine to attain full efficiency, temperatures of absolute zero would have to be incorporated.’
    • ‘Heating a metal to temperatures below its melting point causes it to expand or increase in length.’
    • ‘As the temperature of a substance is increased, so is the kinetic energy of the molecules.’
    • ‘The Victorians usually used the Fahrenheit scale to measure temperature.’
    meteorological conditions, atmospheric conditions, meteorology, climate
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    1. 1.1 The degree of internal heat of a person's body.
      ‘I'll take her temperature’
      • ‘Your child has to sit still for a short time while you take his temperature.’
      • ‘This will normally stabilize heat balance and body temperature, but represents the last defence against cold.’
      • ‘If the ambient temperature exceeds body temperature, heat cannot be dissipated by radiation.’
      • ‘Until my fever broke on the evening of my first full day the nurses would take my temperature and change my ice packs every few hours.’
      • ‘The doctor will take your temperature and look at your abdomen.’
    2. 1.2informal A body temperature above the normal; fever.
      ‘he was running a temperature’
      • ‘She had a temperature and some flu-like symptoms.’
      • ‘For some reason, children's bodies are less able to control high temperatures and fevers and sometimes this seems to cause a seizure.’
      • ‘They asked if she had a temperature and I replied that she did.’
      feverishness, high temperature, febricity, febrility
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    3. 1.3 The degree of excitement or tension in a discussion or confrontation.
      ‘the temperature of the debate was lower than before’
      • ‘Such language is sure to raise the temperature of the debate between the two countries.’
      • ‘This saw a rather more elevated temperature of debate than the lobby group was probably expecting.’
      • ‘The peasant leader's words raised the temperature of the debate.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from French température or Latin temperatura, from temperare ‘restrain’. The word originally denoted the state of being tempered or mixed, later becoming synonymous with temperament. The modern sense dates from the late 17th century.

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