Definitions for: Temporal


[n] the semantic role of the noun phrase that designating the time of the state or action denoted by the verb
[adj] of this earth or world; "temporal joys"; "our temporal existence"
[adj] not eternal; "temporal matters of but fleeting moment"- F.D.Roosevelt
[adj] concerned with secular rather than sacred matters; "lords temporal and spiritual"
[adj] of the material world; "temporal possessions of the church"
[adj] of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind the orbit); "temporal bone"
[adj] of or relating to or limited by time; "temporal processing"; "temporal dimensions"; "temporal and spacial boundaries"; "music is a temporal art"



Webster (1913) Definition: Tem"po*ral, a. [L. temporalis, fr. tempora the
temples: cf. F. temporal. See Temple a part of the head.]
(Anat.)
Of or pertaining to the temple or temples; as, the temporal
bone; a temporal artery.

Temporal bone, a very complex bone situated in the side of
the skull of most mammals and containing the organ of
hearing. It consists of an expanded squamosal portion
above the ear, corresponding to the squamosal and zygoma
of the lower vertebrates, and a thickened basal petrosal
and mastoid portion, corresponding to the periotic and
tympanic bones of the lower vertebrates.


Tem"po*ral, a. [L. temporalis, fr. tempus, temporis,
time, portion of time, the fitting or appointed time: cf. F.
temporel. Cf. Contemporaneous, Extempore, Temper, v.
t., Tempest, Temple a part of the head, Tense, n.,
Thing.]
1. Of or pertaining to time, that is, to the present life, or
this world; secular, as distinguished from sacred or
eternal.

The things which are seen are temporal, but the
things which are not seen are eternal. --2 Cor. iv.
18.

Is this an hour for temporal affairs? --Shak.

2. Civil or political, as distinguished from ecclesiastical;
as, temporal power; temporal courts.

Lords temporal. See under Lord, n.

Temporal augment. See the Note under Augment, n.

Syn: Transient; fleeting; transitory.


Tem"po*ral, n.
Anything temporal or secular; a temporality; -- used chiefly
in the plural. --Dryden.

He assigns supremacy to the pope in spirituals, and to
the emperor or temporals. --Lowell.

Synonyms: earthly, impermanent, profane, temporal role, temporary, worldly

See Also: participant role, semantic role

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