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cold

adjective \ ˈkōld \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of cold

1 a : having or being a temperature that is uncomfortably low for humans
  • it is cold outside today
  • a cold drafty attic
b : having a relatively low temperature or one lower than normal or expected
  • the bath water has gotten cold
c : not heated: such as
(1) of food : served without heating especially after initial cooking or processing
  • cold cereal
  • cold roast beef
(2) : served chilled or with ice
  • a cold drink
(3) : involving processing without the use of heat
  • cold working of steel
2 a : marked by a lack of the warmth of normal human emotion, friendliness, or compassion
  • a cold stare
  • got a cold reception
; also : not moved to enthusiasm
  • the movie leaves me cold
b : not colored or affected by personal feeling or bias : detached, indifferent
  • cold chronicles recorded by an outsider
  • —Andrew Sarris
; also : impersonal, objective
  • cold facts
  • cold reality
c : marked by sure familiarity : pat
  • had her lines cold weeks before opening night
3 : conveying the impression of being cold: such as
a : depressing, gloomy
  • cold gray skies
b : cool 6a
4 a : marked by the loss of normal body heat
  • cold hands
; especially : dead
  • … she lay cold and still—she was gone …
  • —Upton Sinclair
b : giving the appearance of being dead : unconscious
  • passed out cold
5 a : having lost freshness or vividness : stale
  • dogs trying to pick up a cold scent
b : far off the mark : not close to finding or solving used especially in children's games
c : marked by poor or unlucky performance
  • the team's shooting turned cold in the second half
d : not prepared or suitably warmed up
  • The player's sub entered the game cold.

coldish

play \ˈkōld-ish\ adjective

coldly

play \ˈkōl(d)-lē\ adverb

coldness

play \ˈkōl(d)-nəs\ noun
in cold blood
: with premeditation : deliberately
  • was killed in cold blood

Examples of cold in a Sentence

  1. The water was too cold for swimming.

  2. The weather has been unusually cold this spring.

  3. a country with a cold climate

  4. It was a long, cold winter.

  5. It's cold outside, but the wind makes it feel even colder.

  6. It's bitterly cold out there!

  7. metal that is cold to the touch

  8. Are you cold? I could turn up the temperature if you'd like.

  9. a bowl of cold cereal

  10. He ate cold pizza for breakfast.

Recent Examples of cold from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of cold

Middle English, from Old English ceald, cald; akin to Old High German kalt cold, Latin gelu frost, gelare to freeze


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cold

noun

Definition of cold

1 : bodily sensation produced by loss or lack of heat
  • they died of the cold
2 : a condition of low temperature
  • extremes of heat and cold
; especially : cold weather
  • He waited outside for her in the bitter cold.
3 : a bodily disorder popularly associated with chilling; specifically : common cold
  • She came down with a cold.
out in the cold
: deprived of benefits given others
  • the plan benefits management but leaves labor out in the cold

Examples of cold in a Sentence

  1. I mind cold more than heat.

  2. They died of exposure to cold.

  3. The cold really sets in around late November and doesn't let up until April.

  4. I stood there shivering in the cold.

  5. He waited outside for her in the bitter cold.

  6. Come in out of the cold.

  7. It's not the flu, it's just a cold.

Recent Examples of cold from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of cold

see 1cold


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cold

adverb

Definition of cold

1 : with utter finality : absolutely, completely
  • turned down cold
; also : abruptly
  • stopped them cold
2 a : without introduction or advance notice
  • walked in cold to apply for a job
b : without preparation or warm-up
  • was asked to perform the solo cold

Examples of cold in a Sentence

  1. She was asked to perform the song cold.

First Known Use of cold

1889


COLD Defined for English Language Learners

cold

adjective

Definition of cold for English Language Learners

  • : having a very low temperature

  • : having a feeling of low body heat

  • of food : not heated


cold

noun

Definition of cold for English Language Learners

  • : a cold condition

  • the cold : cold weather

  • : a common illness that affects the nose, throat, and eyes and that usually causes coughing, sneezing, etc.


cold

adverb

Definition of cold for English Language Learners

  • : in a very clear, complete, and definite way

  • : in a sudden way

  • : without practicing or preparing before doing something


COLD Defined for Kids

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cold

adjective \ ˈkōld \

Definition of cold for Students

colder; coldest
1 : having a low temperature or one much below normal
  • a cold day
2 : suffering from lack of warmth
  • I feel cold.
3 : cooled after being cooked
  • We ate cold chicken.
4 : served at a low temperature or with ice
  • Have a cold drink.
5 : lacking warmth of feeling : unfriendly
  • She's been cold to me ever since our disagreement.

coldly

adverb

coldness

noun
in cold blood
: with planning beforehand

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cold

noun

Definition of cold for Students

1 : a condition of low temperature : cold weather
  • I can't stand the cold.
2 : the bodily feeling produced by lack of warmth : chill
  • He was shivering with cold.

Medical Dictionary

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cold

adjective \ ˈkōld \

medical Definition of cold

1 a : having or being a temperature that is noticeably lower than body temperature and especially that is uncomfortable for humans
  • a cold drafty 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

coldness

play \ˈkōl(d)-nəs\ noun

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cold

noun

medical Definition of cold

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

COLD

abbreviation

medical Definition of COLD



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