Temperature refers to how hot or cold something is. When you think you might have a fever, you take your temperature to see if it is higher than normal.

Temperature can also mean hotness and coldness in terms of excitement. Before offering a discount on its new one-legged jeans, the clothing manufacturer surveyed 200 loyal customers over the phone, to gauge the likely temperature of the response to their marketing ploy.

Definitions of temperature
  1. noun
    the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity)
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    absolute temperature
    temperature measured on the absolute scale
    absolute zero
    (cryogenics) the lowest temperature theoretically attainable (at which the kinetic energy of atoms and molecules is minimal); 0 Kelvin or -273.15 centigrade or -459.67 Fahrenheit
    Curie point, Curie temperature
    the temperature above which a ferromagnetic substance loses its ferromagnetism and becomes paramagnetic
    dew point
    the temperature at which the water vapor in the air becomes saturated and condensation begins
    flash point, flashpoint
    the lowest temperature at which the vapor of a combustible liquid can be ignited in air
    freezing point, melting point
    the temperature below which a liquid turns into a solid
    boil, boiling point
    the temperature at which a liquid boils at sea level
    temperature measured by a mercury thermometer
    room temperature
    the normal temperature of room in which people live
    temperature just below the boiling point
    blood heat, body temperature
    temperature of the body; normally 98.6 F or 37 C in humans; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health
    cold, coldness, frigidity, frigidness, low temperature
    the absence of heat
    heat, high temperature, hotness
    the presence of heat
    basal body temperature, basal temperature
    body temperature in the morning before rising or moving about or eating anything
    chill, gelidity, iciness
    coldness due to a cold environment
    chilliness, coolness, nip
    the property of being moderately cold
    coldness as evidenced by frost
    the quality of being at a refreshingly low temperature
    calefaction, incalescence
    the property of being warming
    fieriness, red heat
    the heat or the color of fire
    extreme heat
    warmness, warmth
    the quality of having a moderate degree of heat
    white heat
    the hotness of something heated until it turns white
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    physical property
    any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
    fundamental measure, fundamental quantity
    one of the four quantities that are the basis of systems of measurement
  2. noun
    the somatic sensation of cold or heat
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    heat, warmth
    the sensation caused by heat energy
    cold, coldness
    the sensation produced by low temperatures
    comfort zone
    the temperature range (between 28 and 30 degrees Centigrade) at which the naked human body is able to maintain a heat balance without shivering or sweating
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    somaesthesia, somatesthesia, somatic sensation, somesthesia
    the perception of tactual or proprioceptive or gut sensations
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