temper (tem•per)

1. to bring to a specific consistency (e.g. to bring steel, glass or the like, to a proper degree of hardness and toughness.) 2. steel that has been hardened by high heat and sudden cooling, as by plunging into water, usually required to be gently reheated to a degree depending on its proposed use, and it is this latter process that is tempering in the strict sense The word is loosely applied to the combined hardening and reheating or the hardening alone.

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