Definition: Temperature

From New World Encyclopedia


Borrowed from Latin temperatura (cf. also French température), from the past participle stem of tempero (I temper).


temperature (countable and uncountable, plural temperatures)

  1. A measure of cold or heat, often measurable with a thermometer.
    The boiling temperature of pure water is 100 degrees Celsius.
  2. An elevated body temperature, as present in fever and many illnesses.


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