cool·​down | \ ˈkül-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce cooldown (audio) \

Definition of cooldown

: the act or an instance of allowing physiological activity to return to normal gradually after strenuous exercise by engaging in less strenuous exercise

Examples of cooldown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not making the time for even a short cooldown post-workout can set you up for injury and soreness. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "12 Tips to Optimize Muscle Recovery, According to Fitness Experts," 14 Jan. 2021 Even the weather is polarized these days: Dry and warmer-than-normal temperatures across Southern California will make way for a notable cooldown this weekend that may include rain, gusty winds and mountain snow. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: California’s first Gen Z legislator," 6 Nov. 2020 Gretchen attended her siblings’ track meets, sitting in the bleachers until post-race cooldown. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "In the genes: Two Park Tudor sophomores upholding family tradition of Kennedys, Farleys," 22 Oct. 2020 Zapalo’s cooldown suggestions are also particularly helpful. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "Skip the Gym and Hit the Ice: Why Skating Is the Best Winter Workout," 3 Jan. 2021 After a warm Wednesday, Dallas-Fort Worth is set for another cooldown. Dallas News, "Another cold front headed for Dallas-Fort Worth will bring fall-like weather," 14 Oct. 2020 After a brief autumn cooldown, Phoenix shattered the record Monday for the latest 90-degree day ever recorded. Salma Reyes, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix breaks record for latest 90-degree day on record," 16 Nov. 2020 The National Weather Service said conditions are expected to change this weekend, when Southern California will experience a notable cooldown and its first chance at rain in several months. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "California sizzled with three straight months of record heat and raging fires," 7 Nov. 2020 Highs of at least 65 may hang on for several more days before any meaningful cooldown. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C. starts what could be historic stretch of November warmth," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cooldown

1976, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jan 2021

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“Cooldown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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