What does chill mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chill, iciness, geliditynoun

    coldness due to a cold environment

  2. frisson, shiver, chill, quiver, shudder, thrill, tinglenoun

    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

    "a frisson of surprise shot through him"

  3. chill, shiveringnoun

    a sensation of cold that often marks the start of an infection and the development of a fever

  4. chill, pallverb

    a sudden numbing dread

  5. chillverb

    depress or discourage

    "The news of the city's surrender chilled the soldiers"

  6. cool, chill, cool downverb

    make cool or cooler

    "Chill the food"

  7. cool, chill, cool downverb

    loose heat

    "The air cooled considerably after the thunderstorm"


  1. chillnoun

    A moderate, but uncomfortable and penetrating coldness.

    There was a chill in the air.

  2. chillnoun

    A sudden penetrating sense of cold, especially one that causes a brief trembling nerve response through the body; the trembling response itself; often associated with illness: fevers and chills, or susceptibility to illness: close the window or you'll catch a chill.

    I felt a chill when the wind picked up.

  3. chillnoun

    An uncomfortable and numbing sense of fear, dread, anxiety, or alarm, often one that is sudden and usually accompanied by a trembling nerve response resembling the body's response to biting cold.

  4. chillverb

    To lower the temperature of something; to cool.

    Chill before serving.

  5. chillverb

    To harden a metal surface by sudden cooling.

  6. chillverb

    To become cold.

    In the wind he chilled quickly.

  7. chillverb

    To become hard by rapid cooling.

  8. chillverb

    To relax, lie back.

  9. chillverb

    To "hang", hang out; to spend time with another person or group. Also chill out.

    Hey, we should chill this weekend.

  10. chillverb

    To smoke marijuana.

    On Friday night do you wanna chill?

  11. chilladjective

    Moderately cold or chilly.

    A chill wind was blowing down the street.

  12. chilladjective

    Calm, relaxed, easygoing. See also: chill out.

  13. chilladjective

    "Cool"; meeting a certain hip standard or garnering the approval of a certain peer group.

    That new movie was chill, man.

  14. CHILLabbreviation

    an acronym for CCITT High Level Language

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHILLadjective

    Etymology: cele, Sax.

    And all my plants I save from nightly ill,
    Of noisom winds, and blasting vapours chill. John Milton.

    My heart, and my chill veins, now freezing with despair. Nicholas Rowe, Royal Convert.

  2. Chillnoun

    Chilness; cold.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    I very well know one to have a sort of chill about his præcordia and head. William Derham, Physico-Theology.

  3. To Chillverb

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Age has not yet
    So shrunk my sinews, or so chill’d my veins,
    But conscious virtue in my breast remains. John Dryden, Aurengzeb.

    Heat burns his rise, frost chills his setting beams,
    And vex the world with opposite extremes. Thomas Creech, Manil.

    Each changing season does its poison bring;
    Rheums chill the winter, agues blast the spring. Matthew Prior.

    Now no more the drum
    Provokes to arms; or trumpet’s clangor shrill
    Affrights the wives, or chills the virgin’s blood. Philips.

    Every thought on God chills the gaiety of his spirits, and awakens terrors, which he cannot bear. John Rogers, Sermons.

    The fruits perish on the ground,
    Or soon decay, by snows immod’rate chill’d,
    By winds are blasted, or by lightning kill’d. Richard Blackmore, Creat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chillnoun

    a moderate but disagreeable degree of cold; a disagreeable sensation of coolness, accompanied with shivering

  2. Chillnoun

    a sensation of cold with convulsive shaking of the body, pinched face, pale skin, and blue lips, caused by undue cooling of the body or by nervous excitement, or forming the precursor of some constitutional disturbance, as of a fever

  3. Chillnoun

    a check to enthusiasm or warmth of feeling; discouragement; as, a chill comes over an assembly

  4. Chillnoun

    an iron mold or portion of a mold, serving to cool rapidly, and so to harden, the surface of molten iron brought in contact with it

  5. Chillnoun

    the hardened part of a casting, as the tread of a car wheel

  6. Chilladjective

    moderately cold; tending to cause shivering; chilly; raw

  7. Chilladjective

    affected by cold

  8. Chilladjective

    characterized by coolness of manner, feeling, etc.; lacking enthusiasm or warmth; formal; distant; as, a chill reception

  9. Chilladjective

    discouraging; depressing; dispiriting

  10. Chillverb

    to strike with a chill; to make chilly; to cause to shiver; to affect with cold

  11. Chillverb

    to check enthusiasm or warmth of feeling of; to depress; to discourage

  12. Chillverb

    to produce, by sudden cooling, a change of crystallization at or near the surface of, so as to increase the hardness; said of cast iron

  13. Chillverb

    to become surface-hardened by sudden cooling while solidifying; as, some kinds of cast iron chill to a greater depth than others

  14. Etymology: [AS. cele, cyle, from the same root as celan, calan, to be cold; akin to D. kil cold, coldness, Sw. kyla to chill, and E. cool. See Cold, and cf. Cool.]


  1. CHILL

    In computing, CHILL is a procedural programming language designed for use in telecommunication switches. The language is still used for legacy systems in some telecommunication companies and for signal box programming. The CHILL language is similar in size and complexity to the Ada language. The first specification of the CHILL language was published in 1980, a few years before Ada. ITU provides a standard CHILL compiler. A free CHILL compiler was bundled with GCC up to version 2.95, however, was removed from later versions. An object-oriented version, called Object CHILL, was developed also. ITU is responsible for the CHILL standard, known as ITU-T Rec. Z.200. The equivalent ISO standard is ISO/IEC 9496:2003.. In late 1999 CCITT stopped maintaining the CHILL standard.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chill

    chil, n. coldness: a cold that causes shivering: anything that damps or disheartens.—adj. shivering with cold: slightly cold: opposite of cordial.—v.i. to grow cold.—v.t. to make chill or cold: to blast with cold: to discourage.—adj. Chilled, made cold: hardened by chilling, as iron.—n. Chill′iness.—adj. Chill′ing, cooling, cold.—n. Chill′ness.—adj. Chilly, that chills: somewhat chill.—Take the chill off, to give a slight heat: to make lukewarm. [A.S. cele, ciele, cold. See Cold, Cool.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. chillnoun

    Relax. "Why don't you just chill" -- L.L. Cool J. (Eat em up L chill).

  2. chillnoun


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chill in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chill in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of chill in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    I ’m not Jeb Bush yet, so, polls are – I think everybody needs to take a chill pill on the polls till, till it gets closer.

  2. Jennifer Baker of the NRA:

    This administration is vehemently anti-gun, and what they did this week ... is they merely re-stated the current law. But the abuse is going to come in the implementation, and what they are trying to do is chill lawful behavior by law-abiding individuals through intimidation.

  3. Kristin Watson:

    That has really, really helped mellow him out and be able to chill while we’re driving, it also helps great with his hips, because he’s getting older. So hopping in and out of the bus, he can do it so much better since we started giving him that.

  4. Laurent Huber:

    This has already resulted in regulatory chill in other countries, preventing tobacco legislation that would have saved lives.

  5. Justin Chart:

    There is a time for deeper things to open your mind and inspire, with the promise of new life. A bricolage of of seasons and reasons when the sun is warm and the wind is chill. Before the reckless bloom of pure spring,

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  • قشعريرةArabic
  • хлад, студен, мраз, закалявам, хладен, охладнявам, охлаждам, закалявам сеBulgarian
  • chilleDanish
  • Kühle, kühler, Frost, abschrecken, chillen, kühlen, relaxen, Kälte, abkühlen, Schauer, KälteschauerGerman
  • malvarmumiEsperanto
  • frío, fresco, enfriarSpanish
  • چاییدنPersian
  • viileys, karkaista, puistatus, väristys, kylmät väreet, jäähtyä, viileä, kylmentyä, jäähdyttää, ottaa rennosti, viilentää, karkaistuaFinnish
  • fraicheur, froid, frisson, se relaxerFrench
  • fuaraichScottish Gaelic
  • צינה, קרירה, קרירות, קרירHebrew
  • dinginIndonesian
  • raffreddarsi, calmarsi, fresco, brivido di freddo, frescura, freddezza, raffreddamento, rilassarsi, raffreddare, brivido, gelo, freddoItalian
  • לְצַנֵןHebrew
  • 寒気Japanese
  • 냉기Korean
  • chillenDutch
  • avkjøle, kjølne, chilleNorwegian
  • hakʼazNavajo, Navaho
  • дрожь, озноб, холод, прохлада, морозRussian
  • เย็นThai
  • ציטערYiddish
  • 寒意Chinese

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    worthy of reliance or trust
    • A. dependable
    • B. transparent
    • C. suspicious
    • D. profound

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