a cool part, place, or time:in the cool of the evening.
[often: one's +~] calmness; composure; poise: Keep your cool and don't get angry.
to (cause to) become cool: [no object]The cake cooled on the plate.[~ + off]We cooled off with a quick swim.[~ + object]The air conditioner cooled the room adequately.[~ + object + off]The swim in the river cooled us off.[~ + off + object]They cooled off the horse by pouring water on its back.
to (cause to) become less excited, friendly, interested, or cordial: [no object]She cooled visibly when I invited her to my house.[~ + object]Disappointment cooled whatever enthusiasm she might have had.
to (cause to) become cooler: [no object]The feverish child just wouldn't cool down.[~ + object + down]They tried cold washcloths to cool her down.[~ + down + object]to cool down the patients.
to (cause to) become less angry or excited; (cause to) become calm: [no object]She finally cooled down enough to talk about the fight.[~ + object + down]I took him aside and cooled him down before he did anything crazy.
Idioms, Slang Termscool it,[no object]Slang. calm down:Cool it before you say something you'll be sorry for.
cool(ko̅o̅l),USA pronunciationadj.,-er, -est,adv., n., v. adj.
moderately cold; neither warm nor cold:a rather cool evening.
feeling comfortably or moderately cold:I'm perfectly cool, but open the window if you feel hot.
imparting a sensation of moderate coldness or comfortable freedom from heat:a cool breeze.
permitting such a sensation:a cool dress.
not excited; calm; composed; under control:to remain cool in the face of disaster.
not hasty; deliberate:a cool and calculated action.
lacking in interest or enthusiasm:a cool reply to an invitation.
lacking in warmth or cordiality:a cool reception.
calmly audacious or impudent:a cool lie.
aloof or unresponsive; indifferent:He was cool to her passionate advances.
unaffected by emotions; disinterested; dispassionate:She made a cool appraisal of all the issues in the dispute.
Informal Terms(of a number or sum) without exaggeration or qualification:a cool million dollars.
(of colors) with green, blue, or violet predominating.
great; fine; excellent:a real cool comic.
characterized by great facility; highly skilled or clever:cool maneuvers on the parallel bars.
socially adept:It's not cool to arrive at a party too early.
something that is cool; a cool part, place, time, etc.:in the cool of the evening.
calmness; composure; poise:an executive noted for maintaining her cool under pressure.
Idiomsblow one's cool. See blow2 (def. 34).
to become cool (sometimes fol. by down or off):The soup cooled in five minutes. We cooled off in the mountain stream.
to become less ardent, cordial, etc.; become moderate.
to make cool; impart a sensation of coolness to.
to lessen the ardor or intensity of; allay; calm; moderate:Disappointment cooled his early zealousness.
Medicinecool down, to bring the body back to its normal physiological level after fast, vigorous exercise or activity by gradually slowing the pace of activity or by doing gentle exercises or stretches.
cool it,[Slang.]calm down; take it easy.
cool off,[Informal.]to become calmer or more reasonable:Wait until he cools off before you talk to him again.
cool one's heels. See heel1 (def. 18).
cool out,[Slang.]to calm or settle down; relax:cooling out at the beach.