cold
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ceald, cald; akin to Old High German kalt cold, Latin gelu frost, gelare to freeze Date: before 12th century 1. a. having or being a temperature that is uncomfortably low for humans <
it is cold outside today
>
<
a cold drafty attic
>
b. having a relatively low temperature or one lower than normal or expected <
the bath water has gotten cold
>
c. not heated: as (1) of food served without heating especially after initial cooking or processing <
cold cereal
>
<
cold roast beef
>
(2) served chilled or with ice <
a cold drink
>
(3) involving processing without the use of heat <
cold working of steel
>
2. a. marked by a lack of the warmth of normal human emotion, friendliness, or compassion <
a cold stare
>
<
got a cold reception
>
; also not moved to enthusiasm <
the movie leaves me cold
>
b. not colored or affected by personal feeling or bias ; detached, indifferent <
cold chronicles recorded by an outsider — Andrew Sarris
>
; also impersonal, objective <
cold facts
>
<
cold reality
>
c. marked by sure familiarity ; pat <
had her lines cold weeks before opening night
>
3. conveying the impression of being cold: as a. depressing, gloomy <
cold gray skies
>
b. cool 6a 4. a. marked by the loss of normal body heat <
cold hands
>
; especially dead b. giving the appearance of being dead ; unconscious <
passed out cold
>
5. a. having lost freshness or vividness ; stale <
dogs trying to pick up a cold scent
>
b. far off the mark ; not close to finding or solving — used especially in children's games c. marked by poor or unlucky performance <
the team's shooting turned cold in the second half
>
d. not prepared or suitably warmed up • coldish adjectivecoldly adverbcoldness noun II. noun Date: 13th century 1. bodily sensation produced by loss or lack of heat <
they died of the cold
>
2. a condition of low temperature <
extremes of heat and cold
>
; especially cold weather 3. a bodily disorder popularly associated with chilling; specifically common cold III. adverb Date: 1889 1. with utter finality ; absolutely, completely <
turned down cold
>
; also abruptly <
stopped them cold
>
2. a. without introduction or advance notice <
walked in cold to apply for a job
>
b. without preparation or warm-up <
was asked to perform the solo cold
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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