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Temper: To combine ingredients to acclimate their temperatures with each other.

Also to bring ingredients to the same temperature before combining them so as to aid in their mixing or cooking. 

Typically, Butter should be tempered before mixing with Flour, meaning just that the butter should be removed from the refrigerator and allowed to come to the same room temperature as the flour before mixing the two. Similarly, Steaks are often tempered before Grilling, so the first 40° F of temperature rise can occur with no exterior flame or heat damage, to the Steak