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Definition of "temperature" []

  • The degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment. (noun)
  • A measure of the average kinetic energy of the particles in a sample of matter, expressed in terms of units or degrees designated on a standard scale. (noun)
  • The degree of heat in the body of a living organism, usually about 37.0°C (98.6°F) in humans. (noun)
  • An abnormally high condition of body heat caused by illness; a fever. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "temperature" in a sentence
  • "The latter temperature (106) still stands as the highest official temperature* ever recorded for Washington, and without air conditioning at that!"
  • "The temperature to which a substance must be heated in order to burn and continue to burn is called the _kindling temperature_ of that substance."
  • "Adaptation to shifts in temperature is not that difficult ..."