- 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.
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- 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: Middle 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.
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adjective cold·er, cold·est
- a. Having a low temperature.b. Having a temperature lower than normal body temperature.c. Feeling no warmth; uncomfortably chilled.
- a. Marked by deficient heat: a cold room.b. Being at a temperature that is less than what is required: cold oatmeal.c. Chilled by refrigeration or ice: cold beer.
- Lacking emotion; objective: cold logic.
- Having no appeal to the senses or feelings: a cold decor.
- 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.
- Designating a tone or color, such as pale gray, that suggests little warmth.
- Having lost all freshness or vividness through passage of time: dogs attempting to catch a cold scent.
- a. Marked by or sustaining a loss of body heat: cold hands and feet.b. Appearing to be dead; unconscious.c. Dead: was cold in his grave.
- Marked by unqualified certainty or sure familiarity.
- 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.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: Middle English, from Old English ceald; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
- coldˈly adverb
- coldˈness noun
cold - Ologies & -Isms Definition
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.
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cold - Medical Definition
cold - Phrases/Idioms
catch coldor take cold
come in from the cold
leave someone cold
have (or get) cold feet
in the cold
throw cold water on
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