tem·po·ral /ˈtɛmp(ə)rəl/ 形容詞
Tem·po·ral a. 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.
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.
He assigns supremacy to the pope in spirituals, and to the emperor or temporals. --Lowell.
adj 1: not eternal; "temporal matters of but fleeting moment"-
2: of or relating to or limited by time; "temporal processing";
"temporal dimensions"; "temporal and spacial boundaries";
"music is a temporal art"
3: of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind
the orbit); "temporal bone"
4: of the material world; "temporal possessions of the church"
5: concerned with secular rather than sacred matters; "lords
temporal and spiritual" [syn: worldly]
6: of this earth or world; "temporal joys"; "our temporal
n : the semantic role of the noun phrase that designating the
time of the state or action denoted by the verb [syn: temporal