- The definition of cold is a low temperature or is someone who is not warm and friendly.
- An example of cold is 32 degree weather.
- An example of cold is a person who doesn't ever say hello or make you feel welcome or comfortable.
- Cold is defined as a contagious virus that causes you to have a stuffy nose and sometimes a sore throat and a fever.
An example of a cold is an illness where you are sneezing and coughing and have a runny nose for a day or two as a result of a virus.
It would be very cold walking down this snowy road.
- of a temperature significantly or noticeably lower than average, normal, expected, or comfortable; very chilly; frigid: a cold wind
- without the proper heat or warmth: this soup is cold
- without the proper heat, warmth, or warm-up period: said of tires, engines, etc.
- feeling chilled
- without warmth of feeling; unfeeling; indifferent: a cold personality
- not cordial or kind; unfriendly: a cold reception
- sexually frigid
- depressing or saddening; gloomy: to realize the cold truth
- not involving one's feelings; detached; objective: cold logic
- designating or having colors that suggest cold, as tones of blue, green, or gray
- still far from what is being sought: said of the seeker
- not strong or fresh; faint or stale: a cold scent
- ☆ Informal unconscious: the boxer was knocked cold
- Informal unlucky or ineffective: a cold streak in baseball
Origin of coldMiddle English ; from Old English (Anglian) cald ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gel-, cold from source cool, German kalt, Classical Latin gelidus
- ☆ absolutely; completely: she was stopped cold
- ☆ with complete mastery: the actor had the lines down cold
- with little or no preparation: to enter a game cold
- absence of heat; lack of warmth: often thought of as an active force
- a low temperature; esp., one below freezing
- the sensation produced by a loss or absence of heat
- cold weather
- a contagious, viral infection of the respiratory passages, esp. of the nose and throat, characterized by an acute inflammation of the mucous membranes, nasal discharge, malaise, etc.
catch coldor take cold
come in from the cold
leave someone cold
have (or get) cold feet
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- a. Having a low temperature: cold water.b. Being at a temperature that is less than what is required or what is normal: cold oatmeal.c. Chilled by refrigeration or ice: cold beer.
- a. Feeling no warmth; uncomfortably chilled: We were cold sitting by the drafty windows.b. Appearing to be dead; unconscious: found him out cold on the floor.c. Dead: was cold in his grave.
- Lacking emotion; objective: cold logic.
- a. Having little appeal to the senses or feelings: a cold decor.b. Designating or being in a tone or color, such as pale gray, that suggests little warmth.
- a. Not affectionate or friendly; aloof: a cold person; a cold nod.b. Exhibiting or feeling no enthusiasm: a cold audience; a cold response to the new play; a concert that left me cold.c. Devoid of sexual desire; frigid.
- Having lost all freshness or vividness through passage of time: dogs attempting to catch a cold scent.
- So intense as to be almost uncontrollable: cold fury.
- Characterized by repeated failure, especially in a sport or competitive activity: The team fell into a slump of cold shooting.
- To an unqualified degree; totally: was cold sober.
- With complete finality: We turned him down cold.
- Without advance preparation or introduction: took the exam cold and passed; walked in cold and got the new job.
- a. Relative lack of warmth: Cold slows down chemical reactions.b. The sensation resulting from lack of warmth; chill.
- A condition of low air temperature; cold weather: went out into the cold and got a chill.
- 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.
Origin of coldMiddle English, from Old English ceald; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative colder, superlative coldest)
- (of a thing) Having a low temperature.
- A cold wind whistled through the trees.
- (of the weather) Causing the air to be cold.
- The forecast is that it will be very cold today.
- (of a person or animal) Feeling the sensation of coldness, especially to the point of discomfort.
- She was so cold she was shivering.
- Unfriendly, emotionally distant or unfeeling.
- She shot me a cold glance before turning her back.
- 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.
- Completely unprepared; without introduction.
- He was assigned cold calls for the first three months.
- 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.
- (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.
- (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.
- The jest grows cold […] when it comes on in a second scene.
- Affecting the sense of smell (as of hunting dogs) only feebly; having lost its odour.
- a cold scent
- Distant; said, in the game of hunting for some object, of a seeker remote from the thing concealed. Compare warm and hot.
- You're cold... getting warmer... hot! You've found it!
- (painting) Having a bluish effect; not warm in colour.
(comparative more cold, superlative most cold)
From Middle English cold, from Old English cald, ċeald (“cold”), from Proto-Germanic *kaldaz, a participle form of *kalaną (“to be cold”), from Proto-Indo-European *gel- (“cold”). Cognate with Scots cald, cauld (“cold”), West Frisian kâld (“cold”), Dutch koud (“cold”), Low German kold, koolt, koold (“cold”), German kalt (“cold”), Danish kold (“cold”), Norwegian Bokmål kald (“cold”), Swedish kall (“cold”).
cold - Computer Definition
(2) (COLD) (Computer Output to LaserDisc) Archiving large volumes of transactions on a LaserDisc (LD). This early technology was superseded by other forms of optical media (see WORM, magneto-optic disk and DVD-R). See LaserDisc, ERM and computer output microfilm.