cold: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (kōld), [key]
— adj., n., adv. -er, -est,
- having a relatively low temperature; having little or no warmth: cold water; a cold day.
- feeling an uncomfortable lack of warmth; chilled: The skaters were cold.
- having a temperature lower than the normal temperature of the human body: cold hands.
- lacking in passion, emotion, enthusiasm, ardor, etc.; dispassionate: cold reason.
- not affectionate, cordial, or friendly; unresponsive: a cold reply; a cold reception.
- lacking sensual desire: She remained cold to his advances.
- failing to excite feeling or interest: the cold precision of his prose.
- unexcitable; imperturbable: cold impassivity.
- depressing; dispiriting: the cold atmosphere of a hospital waiting room.
- unconscious because of a severe blow, shock, etc.: I knocked him cold with an uppercut.
- lacking the warmth of life; lifeless: When the doctor arrived, the body was already cold.
- faint; weak: The dogs lost the cold scent.
- (in games) distant from the object of search or the correct answer.
- (in sports and games) not scoring or winning; ineffective: Cold shooting and poor rebounding were their undoing.
- having cool colors, esp. muted tones tending toward grayish blue.
- being a cool color.
- slow to absorb heat, as a soil containing a large amount of clay and hence retentive of moisture.
- noting or pertaining to any process involving plastic deformation of a metal at a temperature below that at which recrystallization can occur because of the strain: cold working.
- (in sports and games) to become unproductive or ineffective; be unable to score.
- See(def. 18).
- to disparage; disapprove of; dampen the enthusiasm of: They threw cold water on her hopes to take acting classes.
- the relative absence of heat: Everyone suffered from the intense cold.
- the sensation produced by loss of heat from the body, as by contact with anything having a lower temperature than that of the body: He felt the cold of the steel door against his cheek.
- cold weather: He can't take the cold.
- a respiratory disorder characterized by sneezing, sore throat, coughing, etc., caused by an allergic reaction or by a viral, bacterial, or mixed infection.
- to get or suffer from a cold: We all caught cold during that dreadful winter.
- out of a position or condition of exile, concealment, isolation, or alienation: Since the new government promised amnesty, fugitive rebels are coming in from the cold.
- neglected; ignored; forgotten: After the baby came, the young husband felt left out in the cold.
- with complete competence, thoroughness, or certainty; absolutely: He learned his speech cold.
- without preparation or prior notice: She had to play the lead role cold.
- in an abrupt, unceremonious manner: He quit the job cold.
- at a temperature below that at which recrystallization can occur (sometimes used in combination): to cold-hammer an iron bar; The wire was drawn cold.
- cold (Thesaurus)