W2S2 [ˈtempərətʃə US -ər] n
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: temperatura 'mixture', from temperare; TEMPER2]
1.) [U and C]
a measure of how hot or cold a place or thing is
temperature of
The temperature of the water was just right for swimming.
Water boils at a temperature of 100°C.
The seeds should be stored at low temperatures .
a gradual rise in ocean temperatures
It took me a few days to become accustomed to the change in temperature .
In summer, the temperature can rise to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
The temperature in New York dropped to minus 10° last night.
The refrigerator keeps your food at a constant temperature .
Red wine should be served at room temperature .
Exercise raises your body temperature .
The sun beat down and temperatures soared into the 30s.
2.) sb's temperature
the temperature of your body, especially used as a measure of whether you are sick or not
The nurse took (=measured) my temperature .
3.) have a temperature also be running a temperature
to have a body temperature that is higher than normal, especially because you are sick
Susie has a temperature and has gone to bed.
the temperature of a situation is the way people are reacting, for example whether they are behaving angrily or calmly
The referee's decision to give a penalty raised the temperarure of the match.
COLLOCATES for sense 1
at a temperature of something
high temperature
low temperature
a rise in temperature
a fall/drop in temperature
a temperature change/a change in temperature
the temperature rises/goes up (=it gets warmer)
the temperature falls/drops/goes down (=it gets colder)
a constant temperature (=one that does not change much)
room temperature (=neither hot nor cold)
air/water/body temperature (=how hot or cold the air, water, or someone's body is)
temperatures soar (=the weather becomes very hot)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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