AskDefine | Define cold

Dictionary Definition

cold adj
1 used of physical coldness; having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration; "a cold climate"; "a cold room"; "dinner has gotten cold"; "cold fingers"; "if you are cold, turn up the heat"; "a cold beer" [ant: hot]
2 extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion; "a cold unfriendly nod"; "a cold and unaffectionate person"; "a cold impersonal manner"; "cold logic"; "the concert left me cold" [ant: hot]
3 having lost freshness through passage of time; "a cold trail"; "dogs attempting to catch a cold scent"
4 (color) giving no sensation of warmth; "a cold bluish gray"
5 marked by errorless familiarity; "had her lines cold before rehearsals started"
6 no longer new; uninteresting; "cold (or stale) news" [syn: stale]
7 so intense as to be almost uncontrollable; "cold fury gripped him"
8 sexually unresponsive; "was cold to his advances"; "a frigid woman" [syn: frigid]
9 without compunction or human feeling; "in cold blood"; "cold-blooded killing"; "insensate destruction" [syn: cold-blooded, inhuman, insensate]
10 feeling or showing no enthusiasm; "a cold audience"; "a cold response to the new play"
11 unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication; "the boxer was out cold"; "pass out cold"
12 of a seeker; far from the object sought
13 lacking the warmth of life; "cold in his grave"

Noun

1 a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs); "will they never find a cure for the common cold?" [syn: common cold]
2 the absence of heat; "the coldness made our breath visible"; "come in out of the cold"; "cold is a vasoconstrictor" [syn: coldness, low temperature] [ant: hotness]
3 the sensation produced by low temperatures; "he shivered from the cold"; "the cold helped clear his head" [syn: coldness]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • a UK /kəʊld/, /k@Uld/
  • a US , /koʊld/, /koUld/
  • Rhymes: -əʊld

Etymology

cald

Adjective

en-adj er
  1. In the context of "of a thing": Having a low temperature.
    A cold wind whistled through the trees.
  2. In the context of "of the weather": Causing the air to be cold.
    The forecast is that it will be very cold today.
  3. In the context of "of a person or animal": Feeling the sensation of coldness, especially to the point of discomfort.
    She was so cold she was shivering.
  4. Unfriendly, emotionally distant or unfeeling.
    She shot me a cold glance before turning her back.
  5. Completely unprepared; without introduction.
    He was assigneded cold calls for the first three months.
  6. Deprived of the metaphorical heat associated with life or consciousness
    I knocked him out cold.

Synonyms

Antonyms

having a low temperature
of the weather
of a person
unfriendly
unprepared

Noun

  1. A condition of low temperature.
    Come in, out of the cold.
  2. A common, usually harmless, viral illness, usually with congestion of the nasal passages and sometimes fever.
    I caught a miserable cold and had to stay home for a week.
low temperature
illness
  • Chinese: 感冒 (gǎnmào)
  • Czech: nachlazení
  • Dutch: verkoudheid
  • Finnish: nuha, vilustuminen
  • French: rhume
  • German: Erkältung, qualifier Austrian Verkühlung
  • Icelandic: kvef
  • Irish: slaghdán
  • Italian: raffreddore, influenza
  • Japanese: 風邪 (かぜ, kaze), 感冒 (かんぼう, kanbō)
  • Polish: przeziębienie
  • Portuguese: constipação, resfriado
  • Romanian: gripă, răceală
  • Russian: простуда
  • Scottish Gaelic: cnatan
  • Serbian: prehlada
  • Slovene: prehlad
  • Spanish: constipado, gripe, gripa
  • Swedish: förkylning
  • Tagalog: sipón
  • Telugu: జలుబు
  • Welsh: annwyd

Adverb

  1. While at low temperature.
    The steel was processed cold.
  2. Without preparation.
    The speaker went in cold and floundered for a topic.
  3. With finality.
    I knocked him out cold.''

Anagrams

Extensive Definition

Cold describes the condition of low temperature. Cold may also refer to:

In music

See also

cold in Spanish: Frío
cold in Italian: Cold
cold in Lithuanian: Šaltis
cold in Japanese: コールド
cold in Portuguese: Frio

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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