• Sweetie and two of the boys outside in the cold
    Sweetie and two of the boys outside in the cold
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cold lacking the warmth of life "cold in his grave"
    • adj cold of a seeker; far from the object sought
    • adj cold unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication "the boxer was out cold","pass out cold"
    • adj cold feeling or showing no enthusiasm "a cold audience","a cold response to the new play"
    • adj cold having lost freshness through passage of time "a cold trail","dogs attempting to catch a cold scent"
    • adj cold 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"
    • adj cold 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"
    • adj cold without compunction or human feeling "in cold blood","cold-blooded killing","insensate destruction"
    • adj cold sexually unresponsive "was cold to his advances","a frigid woman"
    • adj cold so intense as to be almost uncontrollable "cold fury gripped him"
    • adj cold lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new "moth-eaten theories about race","stale news"
    • adj cold marked by errorless familiarity "had her lines cold before rehearsals started"
    • adj cold (color) giving no sensation of warmth "a cold bluish grey"
    • n cold the absence of heat "the coldness made our breath visible","come in out of the cold","cold is a vasoconstrictor"
    • n cold the sensation produced by low temperatures "he shivered from the cold","the cold helped clear his head"
    • n cold a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs) "will they never find a cure for the common cold?"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Cold, winter, year. Apache Cold, winter, year. Apache
She took a awful cold She took a awful cold
Hot and Cold Hot and Cold
Pouring cold water on the troubled oil Pouring cold water on the troubled oil
When I come to think the matter over in cold blood When I come to think the matter over in cold blood

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1924, Kleenex tissues were originally designed as a cold cream remover
    • Cold (Med) A morbid state of the animal system produced by exposure to cold or dampness; a catarrh.
    • Cold Affecting the sense of smell (as of hunting dogs) but feebly; having lost its odor; as, a cold scent.
    • Cold Deprived of heat, or having a low temperature; not warm or hot; gelid; frigid. "The snowy top of cold Olympis."
    • Cold Distant; -- said, in the game of hunting for some object, of a seeker remote from the thing concealed.
    • Cold (Paint) Having a bluish effect. Cf. Warm, 8.
    • Cold Lacking the sensation of warmth; suffering from the absence of heat; chilly; shivering; as, to be cold .
    • Cold Not pungent or acrid. "Cold plants."
    • Cold Not sensitive; not acute. "Smell this business with a sense as cold As is a dead man's nose."
    • Cold The relative absence of heat or warmth.
    • Cold The sensation produced by the escape of heat; chilliness or chillness. "When she saw her lord prepared to part,
      A deadly cold ran shivering to her heart."
    • v. i Cold To become cold.
    • Cold Unwelcome; disagreeable; unsatisfactory. "Cold news for me.""Cold comfort."
    • Cold Wanting in ardor, intensity, warmth, zeal, or passion; spiritless; unconcerned; reserved. "A cold and unconcerned spectator.""No cold relation is a zealous citizen."
    • Cold Wanting in power to excite; dull; uninteresting. "What a deal of cold business doth a man misspend the better part of life in!""The jest grows cold . . . when in comes on in a second scene."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hot water weighs less than cold water for a given volume.
    • cold Producing the peculiar kind of sensation which results when the temperature of certain points on the skin is lowered; especially, producing this sensation with considerable or great intensity, an inferior degree of intensity being denoted by the word cool; gelid; frigid; chilling: as, cold air; a cold stone; cold water. A substance induces this sensation when it is sensibly less warm than the body, and in contact with it absorbs its heat by conduction.
    • cold Physically, having a low temperature, or a lower temperature than another body with which it is compared: without direct reference to any sensation produced: as, the sun grows colder constantly through radiation of its heat. In this sense, a body which is warm or hot to the touch may be cold as compared with some body still hotter. See heat.
    • cold Having the sensation induced by contact with a substance of which the temperature is sensibly lower, especially much lower, than that of the part of the body touching it, inferior degrees of the sensation being denoted by cool, chill, chilly. The sensation of cold is probably not the mere opposite of the sensation of heat, but is a distinct sensation residing in points of the skin different in position from those in which the sensation of heat is felt.
    • cold Dead.
    • cold Figuratively Affecting the senses only slightly; not strongly perceptible to the smell or taste. Bland; mild; not pungent or acrid.
    • cold Not fresh or vivid; faint; old: applied in hunting to scent, and in woodcraft to trails or signs not of recent origin.
    • cold In the game of hunt-the-thimble and similar games, distant from the object of search: opposed to warm, that is, near, and hot, very near.
    • cold Affecting or arousing the feelings or passions only slightly. Deficient in passion, zeal, enthusiasm, or ardor; insensible; indifferent; unconcerned; phlegmatic; not animated or easily excited into action; not affectionate, cordial, or friendly: as, a cold audience; a cold lover or friend; a cold temper.
    • cold Not heated by sensual desire; chaste.
    • cold Not moving or exciting feeling or emotion; unaffecting; not animated or animating; not able to excite feeling or interest; spiritless: as, a cold discourse; cold comfort.
    • cold Unmoved by interest or strong feeling; imperturbable; deliberate; cool.
    • cold Having lost the first warmth, as of feeling or interest.
    • cold In art, blue in effect, or inclined toward blue in tone; noting a tone, or hue, as of a pigment, or an effect of light, into the composition of which blue enters, though the blue may not be apparent to the eye: as, a picture cold in tone.
    • cold Discouraging; worrying; inspiring anxiety.
    • n cold The sensation produced by sensible loss of heat from some part of the body, particularly its surface; especially, the sensation produced by contact with a substance having a sensibly lower temperature than the body.
    • n cold The relative absence or want of heat in one body as compared with another; especially, the physical cause of the sensation of cold.
    • n cold In physical, a temperature below the freezing-point of water: thus, 10° of cold, C., means 10° below zero. C.; 10° of cold, F., means 22° F.
    • n cold An indisposition commonly ascribed to exposure to cold; especially, a catarrhal inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, or bronchial tubes. When the inflammation is confined to the air-passages of the nose and connecting cavities it is a coryza, or cold in the head. A so-called “cold on the lungs” is usually bronchitis or trachitis.
    • cold To grow cold.
    • cold Epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis in horses.
    • cold The testing of the ductility of iron and steel bars and plates by bending, while cold, to a certain angle, 90°, both with and across the grain, to determine whether this can be done without fracture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Insects shiver when they're cold.
    • adj Cold kōld the opposite of hot: shivering: without passion or zeal: spiritless: unfriendly: indifferent: reserved
    • n Cold a relative want of sensible heat: the feeling or sensation caused by the absence of heat: coldness: a spell of cold weather: a disease caused by cold, a catarrhal inflammation of the mucous membrane of the respiratory organs, usually accompanied by hoarseness and coughing: catarrh: chillness
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  • Herbert Samuel
    Herbert Samuel
    “A library is thought in cold storage.”
  • Miguel De Unamuno
    “Man dies of cold, not of darkness.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    “Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “When the senses contact sense objects, a person experiences cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting they come and go. Bear them patiently.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “He receives comfort like cold porridge.”


As cold as ice - This idiom can be used to describe a person who does not show any emotion.
As cold as stone - If something is as cold as stone, it is very cold. If a person is as cold as stone, they are unemotional.
Blow hot and cold - If you blow hot and cold on an idea, your attitude and opinion keeps changing; one minute you are for it, the next you are against.
Cold day in hell - This is used as a prediction there is no chance some event or condition will ever happen.'There will be a cold day in hell before he manages it.'
Cold feet - If you get cold feet about something, you lose the courage to do it.
Cold fish - A cold fish is a person who doesn't show how they feel.
Cold light of day - If you see things in the cold light of day, you see them as they really are, not as you might want them to be.
Cold shoulder - If you give or show someone the cold shoulder, you are deliberately unfriendly and unco-operative towards them.
Cold sweat - If something brings you out in a cold sweat, it frightens you a lot.
Cold turkey - If someone suddenly stops taking drugs, instead of slowly cutting down, they do cold turkey.
Go down like a cup of cold sick - (UK) An idea or excuse that will not be well accepted will go down like a cup of cold sick.
In cold blood - If something is done in cold blood, it is done ruthlessly, without any emotion.
Stop cold - To stop suddenly out of surprise.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cold, cald, AS. cald, ceald,; akin to OS. kald, D. koud, G. kalt, Icel. kaldr, Dan. kold, Sw. kall, Goth. kalds, L. gelu, frost, gelare, to freeze. Orig. p. p. of AS. calan, to be cold, Icel. kala, to freeze. Cf. Cool (a.) Chill (n.)


In literature:

Hugh took the proffered hand with unresponsive coldness.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
The down is the fur coat to protect the tender parts from the cold.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Turn into a mould that has been dipped in cold water and serve very cold with fruit sauce.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
Every utensil used must be ice-cold, the jelly must be quite cold, but not set.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
When cold add the onion, cut fine; mix the cream, vinegar, salt, sugar and pepper and pour over beans; serve very cold on lettuce leaves.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
Item, a bad cold, caught by kneeling on the damp stones.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
The cold hip bath should be used once a day, at the same time injecting cold water into the vagina with a syringe.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Cold, then, is nothing but a negative quality, simply implying the absence of heat.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
They were often quite deep, and the water was so cold from the melting snows that we were nearly frozen each time we waded through them.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Wash the patient twice a day with cold vinegar and water, or cold salt and water, or cold water alone, by means of a sponge.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin

In poetry:

Cold electric music
Damage me
Rend my mind
w/your dark slumber
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
This cold winter
Moon spills the inhuman fire
Of jewels
Into my hands.
"Having Lost My Sons, I Confront The Wreckage Of The Moon: Christmas, 1960" by James Wright
For one who sees
The great sun freeze,
As he wanders a-cold
From hill to hill;
"Why" by Bliss William Carman
Fall gently, snowflakes
Cover me with white
Cold icy kisses and
Let me rest tonight.
"Woman Work" by Maya Angelou
We shall surely die:
Must we needs grow old?
Grow old and cold,
And we know not why?
"We Shall Surely Die" by William Ernest Henley
Leaves freeze to dun;
But friends can not turn cold
This season as of old
For him with none.
"In Tenebris" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

One day in school, a group of my friends were sitting in class telling each other really funny stuff while I had a cold.
An Auction, in Cold Blood.
A cold front is knocking on our door.
The cold front hit states like Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming earlier this week, dropping close to a foot of snow it some places.
Two cold storm systems move through the borderland in one weeks' time.
Like so many of the events recently, there are still questions about how much cold air and moisture will be available to the system.
Donner Summit, CA, (November 8, 2012) – A cold air mass moving across Donner Summit has allowed Boreal to resume snowmaking operations.
Cindy Boren and Dan Steinberg dissect which sports names are hot and cold in DC this week.
A Cold Shoulder for Cold-War Vets.
Cold Sore Free Forever Reveals the Most Effective Ways to Treat Cold Sore s.
But the recent cold air that spilled south across the plains and the Great Lakes shattered many US cold weather records.
Cold Sweat fan John Law writes about Saturday's Cold Sweat reunion.
Cold viruses seem to survive better when humidity is low, which is one reason people seem to have colds more often during the winter.
The Cold, Hard Search for a Cure for the Common Cold .
These really cold days are uncomfotrable to us humans, but some plants such as fruit trees need the cold to produce fruit.

In science:

Here the disc is assumed to be a cold (i.e. dark) obscurer.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
Starting with a Toomre stable disk, they find that the gas rapidly cools and collapses into a filamentary network of clouds that are cold enough to be Toomre unstable.
The Dynamical Interstellar Medium: Insights from Numerical Models
As thermal condensation is the dominant mechanism for cold cloud formation in analytic equilibrium models such as those of McKee & Ostriker (1977), this is an important conclusion.
The Dynamical Interstellar Medium: Insights from Numerical Models
In the laboratory one creates a cold surface (10K) on which various simple molecules are slowly deposited in various proportions.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
This was simply a result of a lack of a sufficiently long wave length detector to see the cold dust.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century