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Meaning & Definition of Tempered in English

English

Tempered

/tɛmpərd/

adjective

1. Made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment

  • "A sword of tempered steel"
  • "Tempered glass"
    synonym:
  • tempered
  • ,
  • treated
  • ,
  • hardened
  • ,
  • toughened

2. Adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element

  • "Criticism tempered with kindly sympathy"
    synonym:
  • tempered

Examples of using

Steel is quenched in cold water after having been tempered by heating.