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Meaning & Definition of Cold in English

English

Cold

/koʊld/

noun

1. A mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)

  • "Will they never find a cure for the common cold?"
    synonym:
  • cold
  • ,
  • common cold

2. The absence of heat

  • "The coldness made our breath visible"
  • "Come in out of the cold"
  • "Cold is a vasoconstrictor"
    synonym:
  • coldness
  • ,
  • cold
  • ,
  • low temperature
  • ,
  • frigidity
  • ,
  • frigidness

3. The sensation produced by low temperatures

  • "He shivered from the cold"
  • "The cold helped clear his head"
    synonym:
  • cold
  • ,
  • coldness

adjective

1. Having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration

  • "A cold climate"
  • "A cold room"
  • "Dinner has gotten cold"
  • "Cold fingers"
  • "If you are cold, turn up the heat"
  • "A cold beer"
    synonym:
  • cold

2. Extended meanings

  • Especially of psychological coldness
  • Without human warmth or emotion
  • "A cold unfriendly nod"
  • "A cold and unaffectionate person"
  • "A cold impersonal manner"
  • "Cold logic"
  • "The concert left me cold"
    synonym:
  • cold

3. Having lost freshness through passage of time

  • "A cold trail"
  • "Dogs attempting to catch a cold scent"
    synonym:
  • cold

4. (color) giving no sensation of warmth

  • "A cold bluish grey"
    synonym:
  • cold

5. Marked by errorless familiarity

  • "Had her lines cold before rehearsals started"
    synonym:
  • cold

6. Lacking originality or spontaneity

  • No longer new
  • "Moth-eaten theories about race"
  • "Stale news"
    synonym:
  • cold
  • ,
  • stale
  • ,
  • dusty
  • ,
  • moth-eaten

7. So intense as to be almost uncontrollable

  • "Cold fury gripped him"
    synonym:
  • cold

8. Sexually unresponsive

  • "Was cold to his advances"
  • "A frigid woman"
    synonym:
  • cold
  • ,
  • frigid

9. Without compunction or human feeling

  • "In cold blood"
  • "Cold-blooded killing"
  • "Insensate destruction"
    synonym:
  • cold
  • ,
  • cold-blooded
  • ,
  • inhuman
  • ,
  • insensate

10. Feeling or showing no enthusiasm

  • "A cold audience"
  • "A cold response to the new play"
    synonym:
  • cold

11. Unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication

  • "The boxer was out cold"
  • "Pass out cold"
    synonym:
  • cold

12. Of a seeker

  • Far from the object sought
    synonym:
  • cold

13. Lacking the warmth of life

  • "Cold in his grave"
    synonym:
  • cold

Examples of using

It isn't so cold today.
It's pretty cold today.
Revenge is a dish best served cold.