Cold

Definition of Cold

Pronunciation: kōld
a.1.Deprived of heat, or having a low temperature; not warm or hot; gelid; frigid.
2.Lacking the sensation of warmth; suffering from the absence of heat; chilly; shivering; as, to be cold.
3.Not pungent or acrid.
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.
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.
Cold chisel
a chisel of peculiar strength and hardness, for cutting cold metal.
- Wright.
Cold cream
See under Cream.
- Weale.
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.
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.<- causative virus Herpes simplex ->
To leave one out in the cold
to overlook or neglect him.
v. i.1.To become cold.

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