noun a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)
- will they never find a cure for the common cold?
noun the absence of heat
frigidness; coldness; frigidity; low temperature.
- the coldness made our breath visible
- come in out of the cold
- cold is a vasoconstrictor
noun the sensation produced by low temperatures
- he shivered from the cold
- the cold helped clear his head
adjective having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration
- a cold climate
- a cold room
- dinner has gotten cold
- cold fingers
- if you are cold, turn up the heat
- a cold beer
adjective extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion
- a cold unfriendly nod
- a cold and unaffectionate person
- a cold impersonal manner
- cold logic
- the concert left me cold
adjective satellite having lost freshness through passage of time
- a cold trail
- dogs attempting to catch a cold scent
adjective satellite (color) giving no sensation of warmth
adjective satellite marked by errorless familiarity
- had her lines cold before rehearsals started
adjective satellite lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new
dusty; stale; moth-eaten.
- moth-eaten theories about race
- stale news
adjective satellite so intense as to be almost uncontrollable
adjective satellite sexually unresponsive
- was cold to his advances
- a frigid woman
adjective satellite without compunction or human feeling
inhuman; insensate; cold-blooded.
- in cold blood
- cold-blooded killing
- insensate destruction
adjective satellite feeling or showing no enthusiasm
- a cold audience
- a cold response to the new play
adjective satellite unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication
- the boxer was out cold
- pass out cold
adjective satellite of a seeker; far from the object sought
adjective satellite lacking the warmth of life
, AS. cald
; akin to OS. kald
, D. koud
, G. kalt
, Icel. kaldr
, Dan. kold
, Sw. kall
, Goth. kalds
, L. gelu
to freeze. Orig. p. p. of AS. calan
to be cold, Icel. kala
to freeze. Cf. Cool
comparative Colder ; superlative Coldest
- Deprived of heat, or having a low temperature; not warm or hot; gelid; frigid. "The snowy top of cold Olympis."
- Lacking the sensation of warmth; suffering from the absence of heat; chilly; shivering; as, to be cold.
- Not pungent or acrid. "Cold plants."
- Wanting in ardor, intensity, warmth, zeal, or passion; spiritless; unconcerned; reserved.
A cold and unconcerned spectator.
No cold relation is a zealous citizen.
- Unwelcome; disagreeable; unsatisfactory. "Cold news for me." "Cold comfort."
- Wanting in power to excite; dull; uninteresting.
What a deal of cold business doth a man misspend the better part of life in!
The jest grows cold . . . when in comes on in a second scene.
- Affecting the sense of smell (as of hunting dogs) but feebly; having lost its odor; as, a cold scent.
- Not sensitive; not acute.
Smell this business with a sense as cold
As is a dead man's nose.
- Distant; -- said, in the game of hunting for some object, of a seeker remote from the thing concealed.
- (Paint.) Having a bluish effect. Cf. Warm, 8.
Syn. -- Gelid; bleak; frigid; chill; indifferent; unconcerned; passionless; reserved; unfeeling; stoical.
- The relative absence of heat or warmth.
- The sensation produced by the escape of heat; chilliness or chillness.
When she saw her lord prepared to part,
A deadly cold ran shivering to her heart.
- (Med.) A morbid state of the animal system produced by exposure to cold or dampness; a catarrh.
Cold intransitive verb
- To become cold. Obs.
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