- n hardening something by heat treatment
- v bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling
- v harden by reheating and cooling in oil
- v adjust the pitch (of pianos)
- v make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate
- v restrain
- s moderating by making more temperate
- The initiative inflamed smokers, but many ultimately accepted the logic of tempering the habit to preserve their neighbors' lungs.
- A: What's tempering? You mean melt it? Q: When you melt chocolate, you have to do it in stages or it congeals.
- For teenagers it's a bittersweet initiation into romance and courtship, where girls brave a few burns to learn the art of tempering molten chocolate to create one-of-a-kind treats .
- Barack Obama in Calgary Herald
Our security,Obama said, "emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint."
- Richard B Fisher in San Francisco Chronicle
Fisher said "the recent tempering of US economic growth to a more sustainable rate ...... should act to lower the inflation rate over time."
- Joan Lefkow in New York Times
We need your help in tempering the tone on the debates that concern the independence of the judiciary,Judge Lefkow said. "I have come to know scores of judges during my 22 years as a magistrate judge, bankruptcy judge and district judge....