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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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A United Auto Workers pamphlet from the 1940s admonished union activists that a "lost temper means a lost argument."
I have beat myself up over a lost temper or when I have uncontrollably cried as a nurse.
Before and after every game he had to deal with hours of ignorant questions, unable to afford one moment of lost temper. It became impossible for him to set foot out-of-doors in New York for lunch or shopping.
In the hypervigilance and arousal cluster, the highest levels of agreement that were statistically significant were on "Lost temper, flew off handle" (80.3%) and "Trouble sleeping" (65.6%).