cold spell

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cold spell a spell of cold weather
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Usage

In literature:

There had been one "spell" on shore, during which Garth and Natalie elected to remain on board, satisfied with a cold lunch.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
Mrs. Dow wrote me that her husband, after years of illness, had died in the cold spell last March.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
Then, a week later, came the cold spell of 1940.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
The weather seemed settled into a cold spell in which the thermometer ranged at noonday about twenty below.
"On the Edge of the Arctic" by Harry Lincoln Sayler
In the evening we crept to the kitchen range; and we hibernated there, more or less, while the cold spell lasted.
"The Van Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
It was during the severe cold spell of the winter of 1898, and there was need of haste.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
There'll be another cold spell after this one peters out an' the next is like to be permanent.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
He was suffering from a bad cold, which doubled him up in convulsive coughing spells and made his eyes heavy and bloodshot.
"Tales of the Fish Patrol" by Jack London
The weather, which for many weeks had been fine and warm, suddenly changed to a spell of cold and wet.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
The first touch of its cold scales against his cheek broke the spell of horror that had bound him.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
Can you tell me how badly oranges were frosted during the late cold spell in Florida?
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
Getting out into the cold air and setting her feet upon the snowy streets, had somewhat the effect of breaking a spell.
"Trading" by Susan Warner
It happened during a recent cold spell when some of our troops were coming from seaboard to the interior.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
Snowstorms and gales alternate at irregular short intervals with calmer spells of more extreme cold and clearer skies.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
Do not ship out during a real cold spell in winter or a real hot spell in summer.
"The Raising and Care of Guinea Pigs" by A. C. Smith
Along in February came a deadly cold spell.
"Neighbors" by Jacob A. Riis
But down they came, anyway, and a spell of cold, helpless fear was Dawson's.
"Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal" by Robert Sydney Bowen
A cold spell has come, and oh, it is so cold!
"The Annals of Ann" by Kate Trimble Sharber
He was too far gone even to move, for cold spells quick death to the reptile folk.
"Everyday Adventures" by Samuel Scoville
Inversions of temperature are quite common, especially during the clear cold spells of winter.
"Practical Exercises in Elementary Meteorology" by Robert DeCourcy Ward
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In poetry:

If cold and perfect art could love's burning heart
Borrow, and not tremble to possess,
Then my tongue might tell, then your soul might spell
The excess
Of her sweet and utter loveliness.
"The Lover And The Painter" by Manmohan Ghose
A stranger's face each face I see,
And every eye is cold to me,
No friendly voice, no kind caress,
No spell to break the loneliness,
Until I fell beneath the spell
Of thy rare beauty, Isabel
"To Isabel" by Nora Pembroke
And how much her soul was mercilessly dispersed,
Among the tearless, cold-hearted and unsettled!
Like sounds, bred in silence, were there spelled –
The starry sounds – lilac, bright, and gentle!
"After the Concert" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
Ah, what a garden it is since I caught you at last--
Scattered the magic and shattered the spell with a kiss:
Wintry and dreary and cold with the wind of the past,
Ah that a garden enchanted should wither to this!
"The Enchanted Garden" by Edith Nesbit
"In the mantle of death he was here with me now,—
There was wrath in his eye, there was gloom on his brow;
And his cold still glance on my spirit fell
With an icy ray and a withering spell—
Oh! chill is the house of sleep!"
"The Sword Of The Tomb : A Northern Legend" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Now 'tis oakum for his fingers and the treadmill for his feet,
And the quarry-gang on Portland in the cold and in the heat,
And between his spells of labor in the time he has to spare
He can curse the God that made him for the color of his hair.
"XVIII: Oh Who Is That Young Sinner with the Handcuffs on his Wrists" by A E Housman

In news:

KSNV reports on the cold spell that hit Southern Nevada and how it could affect some valley residents.
Cold Spell 's Had Legs, Has Few More Days Left.
Late cold spell hurts playoff hopes.
Euro cold spell can't slow 'Ghost'.
Rockets hit cold spell in 33-18 loss to Raiders.
Untimely cold spell costs Drake in opener.
Unusual Cold Spell Sends Energy Prices Up Sharply.
It was such a welcome relief after that cold spell.
Skeptics on Human Climate Impact Seize on Cold Spell.
Untimely cold spell costs Drake in opener.
A January cold spell in the mostly snowless Upper Midwest has forage agronomists worried about the winter survival of alfalfa fields in much of that region.
Constantine said Southeast Texans start purchasing firewood when temperatures begin dipping into the 60s - but they spike when a sudden cold front like this one breaks up a warm spell.
Whooping cough is a respiratory disease that a can start off as a normal cold or flu, but then can turn into severe coughing spells in just a few weeks.
This bitter cold spell is doing a number on my hands, and Jeremy was reacting to the cracks on my fingers.
A record cold spell early in the month brought frost to most of southern Oklahoma and a few spots in north Texas too.
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