the faculty of perceiving cold and warmth, and so of perceiving differences of temperature in external
objects. H. N. Martin.
(Tem"pered) a. Brought to a proper temper; as, tempered steel; having (such) a temper;
chiefly used in composition; as, a good-tempered or bad-tempered man; a well-tempered sword.
(Tem"per*er) n. One who, or that which, tempers; specifically, a machine in which lime, cement,
stone, etc., are mixed with water.
Tempering color, the shade of color that indicates the degree of temper in tempering steel, as pale
straw yellow for lancets, razors, and tools for metal; dark straw yellow for penknives, screw taps, etc.; brown
yellow for axes, chisels, and plane irons; yellow tinged with purple for table knives and shears; purple for
swords and watch springs; blue for springs and saws; and very pale blue tinged with green, too soft for
(Tem"per*ing), n. (Metal.) The process of giving the requisite degree of hardness or softness
to a substance, as iron and steel; especially, the process of giving to steel the degree of hardness required
for various purposes, consisting usually in first plunging the article, when heated to redness, in cold
water or other liquid, to give an excess of hardness, and then reheating it gradually until the hardness
is reduced or drawn down to the degree required, as indicated by the color produced on a polished
portion, or by the burning of oil.
(Tem"pest) n. [OF. tempeste, F. tempête, (assumed) LL. tempesta, fr. L. tempestas a portion
of time, a season, weather, storm, akin to tempus time. See Temporal of time.]
1. An extensive current of wind, rushing with great velocity and violence, and commonly attended with
rain, hail, or snow; a furious storm.
[We] caught in a fiery tempest, shall be hurled,Milton.
Each on his rock transfixed.
2. Fig.: Any violent tumult or commotion; as, a political tempest; a tempest of war, or of the passions.
3. A fashionable assembly; a drum. See the Note under Drum, n., 4. [Archaic] Smollett.
Tempest is sometimes used in the formation of self- explaining compounds; as, tempest-beaten, tempest-
loving, tempest-tossed, tempest-winged, and the like.
Syn. Storm; agitation; perturbation. See Storm.
(Tem"pest), v. t. [Cf. OF. tempester, F. tempêter to rage.] To disturb as by a tempest. [Obs.]
Part huge of bulkMilton.
Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait,
Tempest the ocean.
(Tem"pest), v. i. To storm. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
(Tem*pes"tive) a. [L. tempestivus.] Seasonable; timely; as, tempestive showers. [Obs.]
Heywood. Tem*pes"tive*ly, adv. [Obs.]
(Tem`pes*tiv"i*ly) n. [L. tempestivitas.] The quality, or state, of being tempestive; seasonableness.
[Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
(Tem*pes"tu*ous) a. [L. tempestuous: cf. OF. tempestueux, F. tempêtueux.] Of or pertaining
to a tempest; involving or resembling a tempest; turbulent; violent; stormy; as, tempestuous weather; a tempestuous
night; a tempestuous debate. Tem*pes"tu*ous*ly, adv. Tem*pes"tu*ous*ness, n.
They saw the Hebrew leader,Longfellow.
Waiting, and clutching his tempestuous beard.