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

n 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
Type of:
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

n the somatic sensation of cold or heat

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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