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 for Temperature sense
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Temperature \Tem"per*a*ture\, n. [F. temp['e]rature, L.
     temperatura due measure, proportion, temper, temperament.]
     1. Constitution; state; degree of any quality.
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              The best composition and temperature is, to have
              openness in fame and opinion, secrecy in habit,
              dissimulation in seasonable use, and a power to
              feign, if there be no remedy.         --Bacon.
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              Memory depends upon the consistence and the
              temperature of the brain.             --I. Watts.
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     2. Freedom from passion; moderation. [Obs.]
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              In that proud port, which her so goodly graceth,
              Most goodly temperature you may descry. --Spenser.
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     3. (Physics) Condition with respect to heat or cold,
        especially as indicated by the sensation produced, or by
        the thermometer or pyrometer; degree of heat or cold; as,
        the temperature of the air; high temperature; low
        temperature; temperature of freezing or of boiling.
  
     Note: The temperature of a liquid or a solid body as measured
           by a thermometer is a measure of the average kinetic
           energy of the consituent atoms or molecules of the
           body. For other states of matter such as plasma,
           electromagnetic radiation, or subatomic particles, an
           analogous measure of the average kinetic energy may be
           expressed as a temperature, although it could never be
           measured by a traditional thermometer, let alone by
           sensing with the skin.
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     4. Mixture; compound. [Obs.]
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              Made a temperature of brass and iron together.
                                                    --Holland.
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     5. (Physiol. & Med.) The degree of heat of the body of a
        living being, esp. of the human body; also (Colloq.),
        loosely, the excess of this over the normal (of the human
        body 98[deg]-99.5[deg] F., in the mouth of an adult about
        98.4[deg]).
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     Absolute temperature. (Physics) See under Absolute.
  
     Animal temperature (Physiol.), the nearly constant
        temperature maintained in the bodies of warm-blooded
        (homoiothermal) animals during life. The ultimate source
        of the heat is to be found in the potential energy of the
        food and the oxygen which is absorbed from the air during
        respiration. See Homoiothermal.
  
     Temperature sense (Physiol.), the faculty of perceiving
        cold and warmth, and so of perceiving differences of
        temperature in external objects. --H. N. Martin.
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