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Meaning of TEMPORAL

Pronunciation:  'tempurul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the semantic role of the noun phrase that designating the time of the state or action denoted by the verb
  2. [adj]  of this earth or world; "temporal joys"; "our temporal existence"
  3. [adj]  not eternal; "temporal matters of but fleeting moment"- F.D.Roosevelt
  4. [adj]  concerned with secular rather than sacred matters; "lords temporal and spiritual"
  5. [adj]  of the material world; "temporal possessions of the church"
  6. [adj]  of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind the orbit); "temporal bone"
  7. [adj]  of or relating to or limited by time; "temporal processing"; "temporal dimensions"; "temporal and spacial boundaries"; "music is a temporal art"

TEMPORAL is a 8 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: earthly, impermanent, profane, temporal role, temporary, worldly
 See Also: participant role, semantic role



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tem"po*ral\, a. [L. temporalis, fr. tempora the
    temples: cf. F. temporal. See {Temple} a part of the head.]
    Of or pertaining to the temple or temples; as, the temporal
    bone; a temporal artery.
    {Temporal bone}, a very complex bone situated in the side of
       the skull of most mammals and containing the organ of
       hearing. It consists of an expanded squamosal portion
       above the ear, corresponding to the squamosal and zygoma
       of the lower vertebrates, and a thickened basal petrosal
       and mastoid portion, corresponding to the periotic and
       tympanic bones of the lower vertebrates.
  2. \Tem"po*ral\, a. [L. temporalis, fr. tempus, temporis,
    time, portion of time, the fitting or appointed time: cf. F.
    temporel. Cf. {Contemporaneous}, {Extempore}, {Temper}, v.
    t., {Tempest}, {Temple} a part of the head, {Tense}, n.,
    1. Of or pertaining to time, that is, to the present life, or
       this world; secular, as distinguished from sacred or
             The things which are seen are temporal, but the
             things which are not seen are eternal. --2 Cor. iv.
             Is this an hour for temporal affairs? --Shak.
    2. Civil or political, as distinguished from ecclesiastical;
       as, temporal power; temporal courts.
    {Lords temporal}. See under {Lord}, n.
    {Temporal augment}. See the Note under {Augment}, n.
    Syn: Transient; fleeting; transitory.
  3. \Tem"po*ral\, n.
    Anything temporal or secular; a temporality; -- used chiefly
    in the plural. --Dryden.
          He assigns supremacy to the pope in spirituals, and to
          the emperor or temporals.                --Lowell.