chill

A sharp burst of cold air or icy temperatures is a chill. The chill of a January day in New England might make you dream of moving to New Mexico.

You'll feel a chill when someone opens a window in the winter, or notice a chill in the air on a cool day in September. Another kind of chill makes you shiver, but it's caused by illness and fever rather than a cold breeze: "Symptoms of the flu include chills and headache." A cold attitude is also a chill, as when a chill in the room makes you realize your friends are angry at each other.

Primary Meanings of chill

1.
nv
coldness due to a cold environment
make cool or cooler
2.
v
depress or discourage
3.
n
a sudden numbing dread
Full Definitions of chill
1

n coldness due to a cold environment

Synonyms:
gelidity, iciness
Type of:
cold, coldness, frigidity, frigidness, low temperature
the absence of heat

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

Synonyms:
shivering
Type of:
symptom
(medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease

v make cool or cooler

Chill the food”
Synonyms:
cool, cool down
Antonyms:
heat, heat up
make hot or hotter
Types:
quench
cool (hot metal) by plunging into cold water or other liquid
ice
put ice on or put on ice
refrigerate
cool or chill in or as if in a refrigerator
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v loose heat

Synonyms:
cool, cool down
Antonyms:
heat, heat up, hot up
gain heat or get hot
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
2

v depress or discourage

“The news of the city's surrender chilled the soldiers”
Type of:
cast down, deject, demoralise, demoralize, depress, dismay, dispirit, get down
lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
3

n a sudden numbing dread

Synonyms:
pall
Type of:
apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread
fearful expectation or anticipation

n an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

Synonyms:
frisson, quiver, shiver, shudder, thrill, tingle
Type of:
fear, fearfulness, fright
an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

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