Dictionary Results for tempering

1. tempering - noun

· hardening something by heat treatment

Synonym(s): annealing

Hypernym(s): hardening

2. temper - verb

· bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling; "temper glass"

Synonym(s): anneal, normalize

Hypernym(s): harden, indurate

3. temper - verb

· harden by reheating and cooling in oil; "temper steel"

Synonym(s): harden

Hypernym(s): modify

4. temper - verb

· adjust the pitch (of pianos)

Hypernym(s): adjust, set, correct

5. temper - verb

· make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; "she tempered her criticism"

Synonym(s): season, mollify, moderate

Hypernym(s): weaken

6. temper - verb

· change by restraining or moderating

Synonym(s): chasten

Hypernym(s): change, alter, modify

7. tempering - adjective

· moderating by making more temperate

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