cold

cold [kōld]
adj.
[ME < OE (Anglian) cald < IE base * gel-, cold > COOL, Ger kalt, L gelidus]
1. of a temperature significantly or noticeably lower than average, normal, expected, or comfortable; very chilly; frigid [a cold wind]
2.
a) without the proper heat or warmth [this soup is cold]
b) without the proper heat, warmth, or warm-up period: said of tires, engines, etc.
3. dead
4. feeling chilled
5. without warmth of feeling; unfeeling; indifferent [a cold personality]
6. not cordial or kind; unfriendly [a cold reception]
7. sexually frigid
8. depressing or saddening; gloomy [to realize the cold truth]
9. not involving one's feelings; detached; objective [cold logic]
10. designating or having colors that suggest cold, as tones of blue, green, or gray
11. still far from what is being sought: said of the seeker
12. not strong or fresh; faint or stale [a cold scent ]
13. Informal unconscious [the boxer was knocked cold]
14. Informal unlucky or ineffective [a cold streak in baseball]
adv.
Informal
1. absolutely; completely [she was stopped cold ]
2. with complete mastery [the actor had the lines down cold]
3. with little or no preparation [to enter a game cold]
n.
1.
a) absence of heat; lack of warmth: often thought of as an active force
b) a low temperature; esp., one below freezing
2. the sensation produced by a loss or absence of heat
3. cold weather
4. a contagious, viral infection of the respiratory passages, esp. of the nose and throat, characterized by an acute inflammation of the mucous membranes, nasal discharge, malaise, etc.
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catch cold or take cold
to become ill with a cold
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cold comfort
little or no comfort at all
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come in from the cold
to come out of exile, isolation, etc.; resume an active role
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leave someone cold
to fail to arouse someone's interest
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have cold feet or get cold feet
Informal to be (or become) timid or fearful
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in the cold
ignored; neglected
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throw cold water on
to be unenthusiastic about or toward; discourage
coldly
adv.
coldness
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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