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.

Definitions of chill
  1. noun
    coldness due to a cold environment
    synonyms: gelidity, iciness
  2. noun
    a sensation of cold that often marks the start of an infection and the development of a fever
    synonyms: shivering
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    symptom
    (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
  3. verb
    make cool or cooler
    Chill the food”
    synonyms: cool, cool down
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    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
  4. verb
    loose heat
    synonyms: cool, cool down
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    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
  5. verb
    depress or discourage
    “The news of the city's surrender chilled the soldiers”
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    cast down, deject, demoralise, demoralize, depress, dismay, dispirit, get down
    lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
  6. noun
    a sudden numbing dread
    synonyms: pall
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    apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread
    fearful expectation or anticipation
  7. noun
    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    synonyms: frisson, quiver, shiver, shudder, thrill, tingle
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    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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