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Meaning of cold by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /kəʊld/, X-SAMPA: /k@Uld/
    • ( US ) enPR: kōld, IPA: /koʊld/, X-SAMPA: /koUld/
    • Rhymes: -əʊld


    Old English cald, the Anglian form of West Saxon ċeald, from Proto-Germanic *kaldaz, a participle form of *kal- ( “cold” ). Cognate with West Frisian kâld, Dutch koud, German kalt, Swedish kall, Danish kold and Bokmål kald .


    cold ( comparative colder, superlative coldest )

    1. ( of a thing ) Having a low temperature .
      A cold wind whistled through the trees .
    2. ( of the weather ) Causing the air to be cold .
      The forecast is that it will be very cold today .
    3. ( 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 .
      We told him that his father had died. He answered, “Okay.” Man, that's cold!
    5. Dispassionate, not prejudiced or partisan, impartial .
      Let's look at this tomorrow with a cold head .
      He's a nice guy, but the cold facts say we should fire him .
      The cold truth is that states rarely undertake military action unless their national interests are at stake .
    6. Completely unprepared; without introduction .
      He was assigned cold calls for the first three months .
    7. Unconscious or deeply asleep; deprived of the metaphorical heat associated with life or consciousness .
      I knocked him out cold .
      After one more beer he passed out cold .
    8. ( usually with "have" or "know" transitively ) Perfectly, exactly, completely; by heart .
      Practice your music scales until you know them cold .
      Try both these maneuvers until you have them cold and can do them in the dark without thinking .
      Rehearse your lines until you have them down cold .
      Keep that list in front of you, or memorize it cold .
    9. ( usually with "have" transitively ) Cornered, done for .
      With that receipt, we have them cold for fraud .
      Criminal interrogation. Initially they will dream up explanations faster than you could ever do so, but when they become fatigued, often they will acknowledge that you have them cold .




    cold ( plural: colds )

    1. A condition of low temperature .
      Come in, out of the cold .
    2. ( medicine ) 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 .



    cold ( comparative more cold, superlative most cold )

    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 .



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Explanation of cold by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. lacking the warmth of life

    2. cold in his grave
    3. of a seeker

    4. unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication

    5. the boxer was out cold
      pass out cold
    6. feeling or showing no enthusiasm

    7. a cold audience
      a cold response to the new play
    8. having lost freshness through passage of time

    9. a cold trail
      dogs attempting to catch a cold scent
    10. having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration

    11. a cold climate
      a cold room
      dinner has gotten cold
      cold fingers
      if you are cold, turn up the heat
      a cold beer
    12. extended meanings

    13. a cold unfriendly nod
      a cold and unaffectionate person
      a cold impersonal manner
      cold logic
      the concert left me cold
    14. without compunction or human feeling

    15. in cold blood
      cold-blooded killing
    16. sexually unresponsive

    17. was cold to his advances
    18. so intense as to be almost uncontrollable

    19. cold fury gripped him
    20. lacking originality or spontaneity

    21. marked by errorless familiarity

    22. had her lines cold before rehearsals started
    23. giving no sensation of warmth

    24. a cold bluish grey
    1. the absence of heat

    2. the coldness made our breath visible
      come in out of the cold
      cold is a vasoconstrictor
    3. the sensation produced by low temperatures

    4. he shivered from the cold
      the cold helped clear his head
    5. a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages ( but not the lungs )

    6. will they never find a cure for the common cold?

    Definition of cold by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Cold ( kōld ), a. [Compar. Colder ( -ẽr ); superl. Coldest.] [OE. cold, cald, AS. cald, ceald; akin to OS. kald, D. koud, G. kalt, Icel. kaldr, Dan. kold, Sw. kall, Goth. kalds, L. gelu frost, gelare to freeze. Orig. p. p. of AS. calan to be cold, Icel. kala to freeze. Cf. Cool, a., Chill, n.]
      1. Deprived of heat, or having a low temperature; not warm or hot; gelid; frigid. “The snowy top of cold Olympis.” Milton.

      2. Lacking the sensation of warmth; suffering from the absence of heat; chilly; shivering; as, “to be cold”.

      3. Not pungent or acrid. “Cold plants.” Bacon

      4. Wanting in ardor, intensity, warmth, zeal, or passion; spiritless; unconcerned; reserved.

      A cold and unconcerned spectator. T. Burnet.

      No cold relation is a zealous citizen. Burke.

      5. Unwelcome; disagreeable; unsatisfactory. “Cold news for me.” “Cold comfort.” Shak.

      6. Wanting in power to excite; dull; uninteresting.

      What a deal of cold business doth a man misspend the better part of life in! B. Jonson.

      The jest grows cold . . . when in comes on in a second scene. Addison.

      7. Affecting the sense of smell ( as of hunting dogs ) but feebly; having lost its odor; as, “a cold scent”.

      8. Not sensitive; not acute.

      Smell this business with a sense as cold

      As is a dead man's nose. Shak.

      9. Distant; -- said, in the game of hunting for some object, of a seeker remote from the thing concealed.

      10. ( Paint. ) Having a bluish effect. Cf. Warm, 8.

      Cold abscess. See under Abscess. -- Cold blast See under Blast, n., 2. -- Cold blood. See under Blood, n., 8. -- Cold chill, an ague fit. Wright. -- Cold chisel, a chisel of peculiar strength and hardness, for cutting cold metal. Weale. -- Cold cream. See under Cream. -- Cold slaw. See Cole slaw. -- In cold blood, without excitement or passion; deliberately.

      He was slain in cold blood after the fight was over. Sir W. Scott.

      To give one the cold shoulder, to treat one with neglect.

      Syn. -- Gelid; bleak; frigid; chill; indifferent; unconcerned; passionless; reserved; unfeeling; stoical.

    2. Cold, n.
      1. The relative absence of heat or warmth.

      2. The sensation produced by the escape of heat; chilliness or chillness.

      When she saw her lord prepared to part,

      A deadly cold ran shivering to her heart. Dryden.

      3. ( Med. ) A morbid state of the animal system produced by exposure to cold or dampness; a catarrh.

      Cold sore ( Med. ), a vesicular eruption appearing about the mouth as the result of a cold, or in the course of any disease attended with fever. -- To leave one out in the cold, to overlook or neglect him. [Colloq.]

    3. Cold, v. i. To become cold. [Obs.] Chaucer.