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temper

the degree of hardness, elasticity, or a similar property of a metal or metal object

temper

[′tem·pər]
(engineering)
To moisten and mix clay, plaster, or mortar to the proper consistency for use.
(metallurgy)
The hardness and strength of a rolled metal.
The nominal carbon content of steel.
To soften hardened steel or cast iron by reheating to some temperature below the eutectoid temperature.
An alloy added to pure tin to make the finest pewter.

temper

1. To mix lime, sand, and water in such proportions as to make mortar for masonry or plastering.
2. To moisten and mix clay to proper consistency to form bricks, etc., prior to hardening by fire.
3. To bring to a proper degree of hardness and elasticity for use, as steel or other metal, by heat treatment.
4. To impregnate wood fibers or composition board with a drying oil or other oxidizing resin and subsequently to cure with heat so as to improve the strength, hardness, water resistance, and durability of the board.
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However, there are instances when women provoke men to lose temper with their unrealistic demands or digressions.
They didn't call me "pet" with the children or "honey" with the mothers, but otherwise they dealt with me just as efficiently and just as soothingly, and I got an impression that no official no matter how harassed or over-worked, would ever lose temper or forget to crown her answer with a smile.
Erikssson admitted such incidents are not common but he has been known to lose temper in the dressing room.