What does cold mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cold, common cold(noun)

    a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)

    "will they never find a cure for the common cold?"

  2. coldness, cold, low temperature, frigidity, frigidness(noun)

    the absence of heat

    "the coldness made our breath visible"; "come in out of the cold"; "cold is a vasoconstrictor"

  3. cold, coldness(adj)

    the sensation produced by low temperatures

    "he shivered from the cold"; "the cold helped clear his head"

  4. cold(adj)

    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"

  5. cold(adj)

    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"

  6. cold(adj)

    having lost freshness through passage of time

    "a cold trail"; "dogs attempting to catch a cold scent"

  7. cold(adj)

    (color) giving no sensation of warmth

    "a cold bluish grey"

  8. cold(adj)

    marked by errorless familiarity

    "had her lines cold before rehearsals started"

  9. cold, stale, dusty, moth-eaten(adj)

    lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new

    "moth-eaten theories about race"; "stale news"

  10. cold(adj)

    so intense as to be almost uncontrollable

    "cold fury gripped him"

  11. cold, frigid(adj)

    sexually unresponsive

    "was cold to his advances"; "a frigid woman"

  12. cold, cold-blooded, inhuman, insensate(adj)

    without compunction or human feeling

    "in cold blood"; "cold-blooded killing"; "insensate destruction"

  13. cold(adj)

    feeling or showing no enthusiasm

    "a cold audience"; "a cold response to the new play"

  14. cold(adj)

    unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication

    "the boxer was out cold"; "pass out cold"

  15. cold(adj)

    of a seeker; far from the object sought

  16. cold(adj)

    lacking the warmth of life

    "cold in his grave"


  1. cold(Noun)

    A condition of low temperature.

    Come in, out of the cold.

  2. cold(Noun)

    A common, usually harmless, viral illness, usually with congestion of the nasal passages and sometimes fever.

    I caught a miserable cold and had to stay home for a week.

  3. cold(Adverb)

    While at low temperature.

    The steel was processed cold.

  4. cold(Adverb)

    Without preparation.

    The speaker went in cold and floundered for a topic.

  5. cold(Adverb)

    With finality.

    I knocked him out cold.

  6. cold(Adjective)

    Having a low temperature.

    A cold wind whistled through the trees.

  7. cold(Adjective)

    Causing the air to be cold.

    The forecast is that it will be very cold today.

  8. cold(Adjective)

    Feeling the sensation of coldness, especially to the point of discomfort.

    She was so cold she was shivering.

  9. cold(Adjective)

    Unfriendly, emotionally distant or unfeeling.

  10. cold(Adjective)

    Dispassionate, not prejudiced or partisan, impartial.

  11. cold(Adjective)

    Completely unprepared; without introduction.

    He was assigned cold calls for the first three months.

  12. cold(Adjective)

    Unconscious or deeply asleep; deprived of the metaphorical heat associated with life or consciousness.

  13. cold(Adjective)

    Perfectly, exactly, completely; by heart.

  14. cold(Adjective)

    Cornered, done for.

  15. Origin: cald, the Anglian form of West Saxon ceald, from kaldaz, a participle form of kal-. Cognate with West Frisian kâld, Dutch koud, German kalt, Swedish kall, Danish kold and Bokmål kald.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cold(noun)

    deprived of heat, or having a low temperature; not warm or hot; gelid; frigid

  2. Cold(noun)

    lacking the sensation of warmth; suffering from the absence of heat; chilly; shivering; as, to be cold

  3. Cold(noun)

    not pungent or acrid

  4. Cold(noun)

    wanting in ardor, intensity, warmth, zeal, or passion; spiritless; unconcerned; reserved

  5. Cold(noun)

    unwelcome; disagreeable; unsatisfactory

  6. Cold(noun)

    wanting in power to excite; dull; uninteresting

  7. Cold(noun)

    affecting the sense of smell (as of hunting dogs) but feebly; having lost its odor; as, a cold scent

  8. Cold(noun)

    not sensitive; not acute

  9. Cold(noun)

    distant; -- said, in the game of hunting for some object, of a seeker remote from the thing concealed

  10. Cold(noun)

    having a bluish effect. Cf. Warm, 8

  11. Cold(noun)

    the relative absence of heat or warmth

  12. Cold(noun)

    the sensation produced by the escape of heat; chilliness or chillness

  13. Cold(noun)

    a morbid state of the animal system produced by exposure to cold or dampness; a catarrh

  14. Cold(verb)

    to become cold


  1. Cold

    Cold is an American post-grunge band, formed in 1996 in Jacksonville, Florida. With two gold-albums, Cold has sold around 2 million records in the US alone. On November 17, 2006, it was announced on MySpace that, after a period of uncertainty since that February, the group had decided to disband. In July 2008, it was announced that the original line-up would reunite for a tour in early 2009. This became permanent and the band released their fifth studio album Superfiction on July 19, 2011.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cold

    kōld, adj. the opposite of hot: shivering: without passion or zeal: spiritless: unfriendly: indifferent: reserved.—n. 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.—adj. Cold′-blood′ed, having cold blood, as fishes: without feeling: hard-hearted—of persons or actions.—adv. Cold′-blood′edly.—ns. Cold′-blood′edness; Cold′-Chis′el, a strong and finely-tempered chisel for cutting cold metal, as distinguished from a blacksmith's chisel for cutting hot iron; Cold′-cream, the name applied to a creamy ointment, usually made of almond-oil, spermaceti, white wax, and rose-water, used as a cooling dressing for the skin.—adjs. Cold′-heart′ed, wanting feeling: indifferent; Cold′ish, somewhat cold.—adv. Coldly.—ns. Cold′ness; Cold′-pig (coll.), the application of cold water to wake a person.—adj. Cold′-short, brittle when cold: (fig.) of the temper.—ns. Cold′-wat′er, water at its natural temperature; Cold′-without′, brandy with cold water and no sugar.—Cold as charity, a proverbial phrase expressing ironically great coldness or indifference.—Catch cold, Take cold, to acquire the malady—a cold.—Give the cold shoulder, to show indifference: to give a rebuff.—In cold blood, with deliberate intent, not under the influence of passion.—Leave out in the cold, to neglect, ignore.—Throw cold water on, to discourage. [A.S. ceald; Scot, cauld, Ger. kalt; cog. also with Eng. cool, Ice. kala, to freeze, L. gelidusgelu, frost.]

Editors Contribution

  1. cold

    Used to describe the weather between a specific temperature range defined by a meteorological service according to a specific locality, region or country relative to the climate, season and time of year of a specific day or time period.

    Weather differs and our perception of cold is different from one country to another depending on what our climate and season is, so cold will mean different things to different people depending on where they live on the planet.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on December 8, 2015
  2. cold

    A word used to describe the temperature in a fridge, freezer or type of refrigeration unit between a specific temperature range defined by the manufacturer according to their product instructions or product design.

    Most fridges are cold when you put the food in as they are designed to keep the fridge at a low temperature to keep the food fresh and in a specific state.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on December 20, 2016

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cold' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1102

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cold' in Written Corpus Frequency: #757

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cold' in Nouns Frequency: #1589

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cold' in Adjectives Frequency: #115


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cold in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of cold in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Maloney:

    Cold is like gold.

  2. Akram Ali:

    It is so cold here.

  3. Rhonda Roxburgh:

    He had a very cold stare.

  4. Brenda Munnerlyn of Greenwood:

    He just gave me cold chills.

  5. Courtney Ciccone:

    This is cold-blooded murder.

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