cold wave

noun

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

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Examples of cold wave in a Sentence

the unseasonable cold wave in the Northeast has already put a strain on oil supplies
Recent Examples on the Web This is also borne out by the IMD study that found that the number of cold wave days over the mountainous region has been decreasing over the past three decades, according to Pai. Soumya Sarkar, Quartz, 19 Apr. 2022 Lots of goth & new wave, dark wave, cold wave… a whole lot of waves! Spin Staff, SPIN, 21 Apr. 2022 However, the effects of the cold wave in France may be less severe than 2021 due to the timing and coverage, said Touzard. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 The cold wave also seems to be less extensive, mainly concentrated in southwest regions. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 Seriousness of the cold wave, which blankets all the far west, is emphasized in a report by Blake that firing probably will have to be started early in the evening. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Jan. 2022 Illinois was affected by seven billion-dollar disasters in 2021, including a February storm and cold wave. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 12 Jan. 2022 The bright side is that the cold wave is expected to be short-lived. Scott Talley, Detroit Free Press, 10 Jan. 2022 The report uses the recent heatwave in the Arctic and cold wave in Texas as one example. Felicia Jackson, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cold wave

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cold wave was in 1876

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Last Updated

22 Jun 2022

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“Cold wave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cold%20wave. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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