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Adjective: tempering  tem-pu-ring
  1. Moderating by making more temperate
Noun: tempering  tem-pu-ring
  1. Hardening something by heat treatment
    - annealing
Verb: temper  tem-pu(r)
  1. Bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling
    "temper glass";
    - anneal, normalize, normalise [Brit]
  2. Harden by reheating and cooling in oil
    "temper steel";
    - harden
  3. Adjust the pitch (of pianos)
  4. Make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate
    "she tempered her criticism";
    - season, mollify
  5. Restrain
    - chasten, moderate

Derived forms: temperings

See also: moderating

Type of: adjust, alter, change, correct, harden, hardening, indurate, modify, set, weaken

Encyclopedia: Tempering