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tempering

 
Adjective tempering has 1 sense
  1. tempering - moderating by making more temperate
    Antonym:
    intensifying (indirect, via moderating)
Noun tempering has 1 sense
  1. annealing, tempering - hardening something by heat treatment
    --1 is a kind of hardening
    Derived forms: verb temper1, verb temper2
Verb temper has 5 senses
  1. anneal, temper, normalize - toughen (steel or glass) by a process of gradually heating and cooling; "temper glass"
    --1 is one way to toughen
    Derived forms: noun temper4, noun tempering1, noun temperance3
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  2. temper, harden - harden by reheating and cooling in oil; "temper steel"
    --2 is one way to modify
    Derived forms: noun temper4, noun tempering1, noun temperance3
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  3. temper - adjust the pitch (of pianos)
    --3 is one way to
    adjust, set, correct
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  4. temper, season, mollify - make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate; "she tempered her criticism"
    --4 is one way to weaken
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  5. chasten, moderate, temper - restrain or temper
    --5 is one way to change, alter, modify
    Derived forms: noun temper1, noun temper3
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s somebody
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