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windchill

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noun wind·chill \ˈwin(d)-ˌchil\

Simple Definition of windchill

  • : the effect that wind has of making air feel colder than it actually is

  • : a temperature that shows how cold the air feels because of the wind

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of windchill

  1. :  a still-air temperature that would have the same cooling effect on exposed human skin as a given combination of temperature and wind speed —called also chill factor, windchill factor, windchill index

Examples of windchill in a sentence

  1. It's cold outside, and it feels even colder because of the windchill.

  2. Expect windchills in the 20s tonight.



1939

First Known Use of windchill

1939


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windchill

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noun wind·chill \ˈwin(d)-ˌchil\

Medical Definition of windchill

  1. :  a still-air temperature that would have the same cooling effect on exposed human skin as a given combination of temperature and wind speed—called also chill factor, windchill factor, windchill index




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