cold meaning

[ kəuld ] Pronunciation:   "cold" in a sentence
Adjective: cold (colder,coldest)  kówld
  1. 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" 
  2. 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" 
  3. Having lost freshness through passage of time
    "a cold trail"; "dogs attempting to catch a cold scent" 
  4. (colour) giving no sensation of warmth
    "a cold bluish grey" 
  5. Marked by errorless familiarity
    "had her lines cold before rehearsals started" 
  6. Lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new
    - stale, dusty, moth-eaten 
  7. So intense as to be almost uncontrollable
    "cold fury gripped him" 
  8. Sexually unresponsive
    "was cold to his advances"
    - frigid 
  9. Without compunction or human feeling
    "in cold blood"; "cold-blooded killing"
    - cold-blooded, inhuman, insensate 
  10. Feeling or showing no enthusiasm
    "a cold audience"; "a cold response to the new play" 
  11. Unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication
    "the boxer was out cold"; "pass out cold" 
  12. Of a seeker; far from the object sought 
  13. Lacking the warmth of life
    "cold in his grave"
Noun: cold  kówld
  1. A mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)
    "will they never find a cure for the common cold?"
    - common cold 
  2. The absence of heat
    "come in out of the cold"; "cold is a vasoconstrictor"
    - coldness, low temperature, frigidity, frigidness 
  3. The sensation produced by low temperatures
    "he shivered from the cold"; "the cold helped clear his head"
    - coldness

Sounds like: coaled

Derived forms: colds, colder, coldest

See also: acold [archaic], algid, arctic, bleak, chilly, coldly, coldness, cool, crisp, cutting, dead, emotionalism, emotionality, emotionless, far, frigid, frigorific, frore [archaic], frosty, frozen, gelid, glacial, heatless, ice-cold, icy, inhumane, intense, nipping, nippy [Brit, Cdn], parky [Brit], passionless, perfect, polar, raw, refrigerant, refrigerated, refrigerating, rimed, rimy, shivery, snappy, stale, stone-cold, temperature, unconscious, unenthusiastic, unheated, unloving, unoriginal, unwarmed, wintry

Type of: communicable disease, pressor, respiratory disease, respiratory disorder, respiratory illness, temperature, vasoconstrictive, vasoconstrictor

Antonym: hot

Encyclopedia: Cold, Cheap & Disconnected Cold Cold, Cold Heart Cold, dead hands Cold, dead hand

[American slang]
mod. not good.
• That new CD is real cold. The sound is bad and the performance is too.
• The lecture was cold and dull.

1. Pertaining to an electrical circuit, component, or terminal that is at ground potential.
2. A term denoting a bad solder joint.
3. Pertaining to an unheated electrode or element. See COLD CATHODE.

An absence of warmth or heat or a temperature notably below an accustomed norm.n
1 : bodily sensation produced by loss or lack of heat
2 : a bodily disorder popularly associated with chilling:
a in humans : COMMON COLD
b in domestic animals : CORYZA
abbr chronic obstructive lung disease
a : having or being a temperature that is noticeably lower than body temperature and esp. that is uncomfortable for humans ‹it is cold outside today› ‹a cold drafty exercise room›
b : having a relatively low temperature or one that is lower than normal or expected ‹the bath water has gotten cold›
c : receptive to the sensation of coldness : stimulated by cold ‹a cold spot is a typical receptor in higher vertebrates›
2 : marked by the loss of normal body heat ‹cold hands›
3 : DEAD
4 : exhibiting little or no radioactivity — cold·ness n

1. <language> A sugared version of COLD-K.

2. <storage> Computer Output to Laser Disk - see Enterprise Report Management.


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  1. the president's look was cold and penetrating.
  2. he changed his manner; became very cold.
  3. there was a bitterly cold east wind blowing.
  4. it 's damp and cold, i think it 's going to rain.
  5. my skin soon chaps in cold weather.

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