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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019 chill /tʃɪl/
USA pronunciation n.
[ countable ]
a piercing coldness: The chill of winter had penetrated the little cabin.
a feeling or sensation of cold: I had chills and a fever.
a sudden feeling of fear or alarm: A chill went down her spine when she heard the word "unemployment.''
a depressing influence or feeling: His presence cast a chill over everyone.
unfriendliness; coolness: I could feel a definite chill as I was introduced to the committee. adj.
moderately cold; chilly: a chill evening.
Slang Terms Slang. (def. 8). cool v.
to (cause to) become cold: Let the wine chill for a while. [no object ] The cold wind chilled me to the bone. [~ + object ] Slang Terms chill out, to calm down; [no object ] relax.
chill•ness, n. [ uncountable ] WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019 chill
(chil), USA pronunciation n.
coldness, esp. a moderate but uncomfortably penetrating coldness: the chill of evening.
a sensation of cold, usually with shivering: She felt a slight chill from the open window.
a feeling of sudden fear, anxiety, or alarm.
sudden coldness of the body, as during the cold stage of an ague: fevers and chills.
a depressing influence or sensation: His presence cast a chill over everyone.
lack of warmth of feeling; unfriendliness; coolness.
Metallurgy an inserted object or a surface in a mold capable of absorbing large amounts of heat, used to harden the surface of a casting or to increase its rate of solidification at a specific point. [Foundry. ]
Furniturebloom 1 (def. 10). adj.
moderately cold; tending to cause shivering; chilly: a chill wind.
shivering with or affected by cold; chilly.
depressing or discouraging: chill prospects.
Slang Termscool (def. 14).
unduly formal; unfriendly; chilly: a chill reception. v.i.
to become cold: The earth chills when the sun sets.
to be seized with a chill; shiver with cold or fear.
Metallurgy (of a casting) to become hard on the surface by contact with a chill or chills. [Foundry. ] v.t.
to affect with cold; make chilly: The rain has chilled me to the bone.
to make cool: Chill the wine before serving.
to depress; discourage; deter: The news chilled his hopes.
Metallurgy to harden the surface of (a casting) by casting it in a mold having a chill or chills. [Foundry. ]
bloom 1 (def. 19).
Slang Termsto kill; murder. Slang Terms chill out, to calm down; relax.
chill ′ing•ly, adv.
chill ′ness, n.
bef. 900; Middle English chile, Old English ci( e) le, cele coolness; akin to gelid, cool, cold
9. See See corresponding entry in Unabridged cold. 13. cold, aloof, hostile, stiff. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
chill / tʃɪl/ n a moderate coldness a sensation of coldness resulting from a cold or damp environment, or from a sudden emotional reaction a feverish cold a check on enthusiasm or joy adj another word for chilly vb to make or become cold ( transitive) to cool or freeze (food, drinks, etc) ( transitive) to depress (enthusiasm, etc) to discourage ( intransitive) slang chiefly US to relax; calm oneself See also chill out Etymology: Old English ciele; related to calan to cool, Latin gelidus icy ˈchilling adj ˈchillingly adv ˈchillness n
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