1 not permanent; provisional
2 lasting only a short time; transitory
temporary relief from pain
n pl , -raries
3 a person, esp. a secretary or other office worker, employed on a temporary basis
, (Often shortened to)
temp (C16: from Latin temporarius, from tempus time)
n (Chem) hardness of water due to the presence of magnesium and calcium hydrogencarbonates, which can be precipitated as carbonates by boiling
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