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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: temperatura 'mixture', from temperare; TEMPER2

temperature

noun
     
Related topics: Temperature
tem‧pera‧ture S2 W2
1 [uncountable and countable] a measure of how hot or cold a place or thing isCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
at a temperature of something high temperature low temperature a rise in temperature a fall/drop in temperature a temperature change/a change in temperature the temperature rises/goes up (=it gets warmer) the temperature falls/drops/goes down (=it gets colder) a constant temperature (=one that does not change much) room temperature (=neither hot nor cold) air/water/body temperature (=how hot or cold the air, water, or someone's body is) temperatures soar (=the weather becomes very hot)
temperature of
The temperature of the water was just right for swimming.
Water boils at a temperature of 100°C.
The seeds should be stored at low temperatures.
a gradual rise in ocean temperatures
It took me a few days to become accustomed to the change in temperature.
In summer, the temperature can rise to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
The temperature in New York dropped to minus 10° last night.
The refrigerator keeps your food at a constant temperature.
Red wine should be served at room temperature.
Exercise raises your body temperature.
The sun beat down and temperatures soared into the 30s.
2

somebody's temperature

MH the temperature of your body, especially used as a measure of whether you are sick or not:
The nurse took (=measured) my temperature.
3

have a temperature

also be running a temperature to have a body temperature that is higher than normal, especially because you are sick:
Susie has a temperature and has gone to bed.
4 [countable] the temperature of a situation is the way people are reacting, for example whether they are behaving angrily or calmly:
The referee's decision to give a penalty raised the temperature of the match.

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