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Meaning of TEMPERING

Pronunciation:  t'empuring

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  hardening something by heat treatment
  2. [adj]  moderating by making more temperate

TEMPERING is a 9 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: annealing, moderating
 See Also: hardening



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Tem"per*ing\, n. (Metal.)
The process of giving the requisite degree of hardness or
softness to a substance, as iron and steel; especially, the
process of giving to steel the degree of hardness required
for various purposes, consisting usually in first plunging
the article, when heated to redness, in cold water or other
liquid, to give an excess of hardness, and then reheating it
gradually until the hardness is reduced or drawn down to the
degree required, as indicated by the color produced on a
polished portion, or by the burning of oil.

{Tempering color}, the shade of color that indicates the
   degree of temper in tempering steel, as pale straw yellow
   for lancets, razors, and tools for metal; dark straw
   yellow for penknives, screw taps, etc.; brown yellow for
   axes, chisels, and plane irons; yellow tinged with purple
   for table knives and shears; purple for swords and watch
   springs; blue for springs and saws; and very pale blue
   tinged with green, too soft for steel instruments.