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.
Pathologylacking 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.
Games(in games) distant from the object of search or the correct answer.
Sport, Games[Slang.](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.
Thermodynamicsslow to absorb heat, as a soil containing a large amount of clay and hence retentive of moisture.
Metallurgynoting 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.
Sportgo cold,[Slang.](in sports and games) to become unproductive or ineffective; be unable to score.
Idiomsin cold blood. See blood (def. 18).
Idiomsthrow cold water on, 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.
Also called common cold.a respiratory disorder characterized by sneezing, sore throat, coughing, etc., caused by an allergic reaction or by a viral, bacterial, or mixed infection.
Idiomscatch or take cold, to get or suffer from a cold:We all caught cold during that dreadful winter.
Idiomsin from the cold, 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.
Idiomsleft out in the cold, neglected; ignored; forgotten:After the baby came, the young husband felt left out in the cold.Also, 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.
Metallurgyat 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′ish,adj. cold′ly,adv. cold′ness,n.
bef. 950; Middle English; Old English cald, ceald; cognate with Gothic kalds, Old Norse kaldr, German kalt, Dutch koud; akin to Latin gel- in gelidusgelid
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged frigid, gelid, frozen, freezing. Cold,chill,chilly,cool refer to various degrees of absence of heat. Cold refers to temperature possibly so low as to cause suffering:cold water.Chill suggests a penetrating cold which causes shivering and numbness:There was a chill wind blowing.Chilly is a weaker word, though it also connotes shivering and discomfort:a chilly room.Cool means merely somewhat cold, not warm:cool and comfortable.All have figurative uses.
4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged indifferent, uninvolved, cool, unconcerned, imperturbable.
the fluid that circulates in the principal vascular system of human beings and other vertebrates, in humans consisting of plasma in which the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are suspended.
the vital principle; life:The excitement had got into the very blood of the nation.
a person or group regarded as a source of energy, vitality, or vigor:It's time we got some new blood in this company.
Physiologyone of the four elemental bodily humors of medieval physiology, regarded as causing cheerfulness.
bloodshed; gore; slaughter; murder:to avenge the blood of his father.
the juice or sap of plants:the blood of the grape.
temperament; state of mind:a person of hot blood.
physical nature of human beings:the frailty of our blood.
[Chiefly Brit.]a high-spirited dandy; an adventuresome youth:the young bloods of Cambridge.
a profligate or rake.
physical and cultural extraction:It was a trait that seemed to be in their blood.
royal extraction:a prince of the blood.
descent from a common ancestor; ancestry; lineage:related by blood.
recorded and respected ancestry; purebred breeding.
[Slang.]a black person, esp. a man.
get or have one's blood up, to become or be enraged or impassioned:Injustice of any sort always gets my blood up.
have someone's blood on one's head or hands, to be to blame for someone's affliction or death:Though a criminal, he had no blood on his hands.
in cold blood, deliberately; ruthlessly:The dictator, in cold blood, ordered the execution of all his political enemies.
make one's blood boil, to inspire resentment, anger, or indignation:Such carelessness makes my blood boil.
make one's blood runcold, to fill with terror; frighten:The dark, deserted street in that unfamiliar neighborhood made her blood run cold.
sweat blood. See sweat (def. 24).
taste blood, to experience a new sensation, usually a violent or destructive one, and acquire an appetite for it:Once the team had tasted blood, there was no preventing them from winning by a wide margin.
[Hunting.]to give (hounds) a first sight or taste of blood. Cf. flesh (def. 17).
to stain with blood.
Gmc * blōdan, an old neuter adjective, adjectival meaning "spurting'' that accompanied the lost Indo-European noun *HesHr (Hittite eshar) blood; akin to bloom1; for the meaning compare spurt and sprout
bef. 1000; Middle English blo(o)d, Old English blōd; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Saxon blōd, Old High German bluot (German Blut), Old Norse blōth, Gothic bloth
13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged kinship, stock, family.