cold wave

noun
|Updated on: 6 Jun 2018

Definition of cold wave

1 : an unusually large and rapid drop in temperature over a short period of time (such as 24 hours)
2 : a permanent wave set by a chemical preparation without the use of heat

Examples of cold wave in a Sentence

  1. the unseasonable cold wave in the Northeast has already put a strain on oil supplies

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First Known Use of cold wave

1876

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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