Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a low temperature.
  • adj. Having a temperature lower than normal body temperature.
  • adj. Feeling no warmth; uncomfortably chilled.
  • adj. Marked by deficient heat: a cold room.
  • adj. Being at a temperature that is less than what is required: cold oatmeal.
  • adj. Chilled by refrigeration or ice: cold beer.
  • adj. Lacking emotion; objective: cold logic.
  • adj. Having no appeal to the senses or feelings: a cold decor.
  • adj. Not affectionate or friendly; aloof: a cold person; a cold nod.
  • adj. Exhibiting or feeling no enthusiasm: a cold audience; a cold response to the new play; a concert that left me cold.
  • adj. Devoid of sexual desire; frigid.
  • adj. Designating a tone or color, such as pale gray, that suggests little warmth.
  • adj. Having lost all freshness or vividness through passage of time: dogs attempting to catch a cold scent.
  • adj. Marked by or sustaining a loss of body heat: cold hands and feet.
  • adj. Appearing to be dead; unconscious.
  • adj. Dead: was cold in his grave.
  • adj. Marked by unqualified certainty or sure familiarity.
  • adj. So intense as to be almost uncontrollable: cold fury.
  • adj. Characterized by repeated failure, especially in a sport or competitive activity: The team fell into a slump of cold shooting.
  • adv. To an unqualified degree; totally: was cold sober.
  • adv. With complete finality: We turned him down cold.
  • adv. Without advance preparation or introduction: took the exam cold and passed; walked in cold and got the new job.
  • n. Relative lack of warmth.
  • n. The sensation resulting from lack of warmth; chill.
  • n. A condition of low air temperature; cold weather: went out into the cold and got a chill.
  • n. A viral infection characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the upper respiratory passages and usually accompanied by malaise, fever, chills, coughing, and sneezing. Also called common cold, coryza.
  • idiom out in the cold Lacking benefits given to others; neglected.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a low temperature.
  • adj. Causing the air to be cold.
  • adj. Feeling the sensation of coldness, especially to the point of discomfort.
  • adj. Unfriendly, emotionally distant or unfeeling.
  • adj. Dispassionate, not prejudiced or partisan, impartial.
  • adj. Completely unprepared; without introduction.
  • adj. Unconscious or deeply asleep; deprived of the metaphorical heat associated with life or consciousness.
  • adj. Perfectly, exactly, completely; by heart.
  • adj. Cornered, done for.
  • n. A condition of low temperature.
  • n. A common, usually harmless, viral illness, usually with congestion of the nasal passages and sometimes fever.
  • adv. While at low temperature.
  • adv. Without preparation.
  • adv. With finality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deprived of heat, or having a low temperature; not warm or hot; gelid; frigid.
  • adj. Lacking the sensation of warmth; suffering from the absence of heat; chilly; shivering.
  • adj. Not pungent or acrid.
  • adj. Wanting in ardor, intensity, warmth, zeal, or passion; spiritless; unconcerned; reserved.
  • adj. Unwelcome; disagreeable; unsatisfactory.
  • adj. Wanting in power to excite; dull; uninteresting.
  • adj. Affecting the sense of smell (as of hunting dogs) but feebly; having lost its odor.
  • adj. Not sensitive; not acute.
  • adj. Distant; -- said, in the game of hunting for some object, of a seeker remote from the thing concealed.
  • adj. Having a bluish effect. Cf. Warm, 8.
  • n. The relative absence of heat or warmth.
  • n. The sensation produced by the escape of heat; chilliness or chillness.
  • n. A morbid state of the animal system produced by exposure to cold or dampness; a catarrh.
  • intransitive v. To become cold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Producing the peculiar kind of sensation which results when the temperature of certain points on the skin is lowered; especially, producing this sensation with considerable or great intensity, an inferior degree of intensity being denoted by the word cool; gelid; frigid; chilling: as, cold air; a cold stone; cold water.
  • Physically, having a low temperature, or a lower temperature than another body with which it is compared: without direct reference to any sensation produced: as, the sun grows colder constantly through radiation of its heat.
  • Having the sensation induced by contact with a substance of which the temperature is sensibly lower, especially much lower, than that of the part of the body touching it, inferior degrees of the sensation being denoted by cool, chill, chilly.
  • Dead.
  • Figuratively Affecting the senses only slightly; not strongly perceptible to the smell or taste.
  • Not fresh or vivid; faint; old: applied in hunting to scent, and in woodcraft to trails or signs not of recent origin.
  • In the game of hunt-the-thimble and similar games, distant from the object of search: opposed to warm, that is, near, and hot, very near.
  • Affecting or arousing the feelings or passions only slightly.
  • Not heated by sensual desire; chaste.
  • Not moving or exciting feeling or emotion; unaffecting; not animated or animating; not able to excite feeling or interest; spiritless: as, a cold discourse; cold comfort.
  • Unmoved by interest or strong feeling; imperturbable; deliberate; cool.
  • Having lost the first warmth, as of feeling or interest.
  • In art, blue in effect, or inclined toward blue in tone; noting a tone, or hue, as of a pigment, or an effect of light, into the composition of which blue enters, though the blue may not be apparent to the eye: as, a picture cold in tone.
  • Discouraging; worrying; inspiring anxiety.
  • n. The sensation produced by sensible loss of heat from some part of the body, particularly its surface; especially, the sensation produced by contact with a substance having a sensibly lower temperature than the body.
  • n. The relative absence or want of heat in one body as compared with another; especially, the physical cause of the sensation of cold.
  • n. In physical, a temperature below the freezing-point of water: thus, 10° of cold, C., means 10° below zero. C.; 10° of cold, F., means 22° F.
  • n. An indisposition commonly ascribed to exposure to cold; especially, a catarrhal inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, or bronchial tubes.
  • To grow cold.
  • Epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis in horses.
  • The testing of the ductility of iron and steel bars and plates by bending, while cold, to a certain angle, 90°, both with and across the grain, to determine whether this can be done without fracture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having lost freshness through passage of time
  • adj. so intense as to be almost uncontrollable
  • adj. of a seeker; far from the object sought
  • n. the absence of heat
  • adj. having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration
  • adj. feeling or showing no enthusiasm
  • adj. unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication
  • adj. without compunction or human feeling
  • adj. sexually unresponsive
  • adj. extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion
  • n. the sensation produced by low temperatures
  • adj. lacking the warmth of life
  • adj. (color) giving no sensation of warmth
  • adj. lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new
  • n. a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)
  • adj. marked by errorless familiarity

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English ceald; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English cald, the Anglian form of West Saxon ċeald, from Proto-Germanic *kaldaz, a participle form of *kal- (“cold”), from Proto-Indo-European *gel- (“cold”). Cognate with West Frisian kâld, Dutch koud, German kalt, Swedish kall, Danish kold and Bokmål kald. (Wiktionary)

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