Temperate zone(Geog.), that part of the earth which lies between either tropic and the corresponding polar circle; — so called because the heat is less than in the torrid zone, and the cold less than in the frigid zones.

Syn. — Abstemious; sober; calm; cool; sedate.

(Tem"per*ate) v. t. To render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper. [Obs.]

It inflames temperance, and temperates wrath.

(Tem"per*ate*ly) adv. In a temperate manner.

(Tem"per*ate*ness), n. The quality or state of being temperate; moderateness; temperance.

(Tem"per*a*tive) a. [Cf. L. temperativus soothing.] Having power to temper. [R.] T. Granger.

(Tem"per*a*ture) n. [F. température, L. temperatura due measure, proportion, temper, temperament.]

1. Constitution; state; degree of any quality.

The best composition and temperature is, to have openness in fame and opinion, secrecy in habit, dissimulation in seasonable use, and a power to feign, if there be no remedy.

Memory depends upon the consistence and the temperature of the brain.
I. Watts.

2. Freedom from passion; moderation. [Obs.]

In that proud port, which her so goodly graceth,
Most goodly temperature you may descry.

3. (Physics) Condition with respect to heat or cold, especially as indicated by the sensation produced, or by the thermometer or pyrometer; degree of heat or cold; as, the temperature of the air; high temperature; low temperature; temperature of freezing or of boiling.

4. Mixture; compound. [Obs.]

Made a temperature of brass and iron together.

Absolute temperature. (Physics) See under Absolute.Animal temperature(Physiol.), the nearly constant temperature maintained in the bodies of warm-blooded (homoiothermal) animals during life. The ultimate source of the heat is to be found in the potential energy of the food and the oxygen which is absorbed from the air during respiration. See Homoiothermal.Temperature sense(Physiol.),

2. Not marked with passion; not violent; cool; calm; as, temperate language.

She is not hot, but temperate as the morn.

That sober freedom out of which there springs
Our loyal passion for our temperate kings.

3. Moderate in the indulgence of the natural appetites or passions; as, temperate in eating and drinking.

Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy.

4. Proceeding from temperance. [R.]

The temperate sleeps, and spirits light as air.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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