Meaning of TEMPERATURE in English

TEMPERATURE

■ noun

1》 the degree or intensity of heat present in a substance or object.

↘a body ~ above the normal: he was running a ~.

2》 the degree of excitement or tension in a situation or discussion: the ~ of the debate was lower than before.

Origin

ME (in sense 'the state of being tempered or mixed', later synonymous with temperament ): from Fr. température or L. temperatura , from temperare 'restrain'.

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