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Noun: temperature  tem-p(u-)ru-chu(r)
  1. The degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity)
  2. The somatic sensation of cold or heat
  3. The degree of excitement, disagreement, anger, interest etc. during an event or debate
    "The temperature of the meeting rose a notch, with heated exchanges between Australian and Japanese delegates"

Derived forms: temperatures

See also: cold, cool, hot, warm

Type of: fundamental measure, fundamental quantity, physical property, somaesthesia [Brit, Cdn], somatesthesia, somatic sensation, somesthesia [N. Amer]

Encyclopedia: Temperature