cold

Cold is the opposite of hot. It can refer to temperature, passion, friendliness, and even your personality.

All cold things are icy in some way. Your tea can be cold, and someone can be cold to you. If a play leaves you cold, you don't like it. If police find a criminal’s trail has gone cold, they're out of clues. If you're searching for something, and someone tells you you’re "very cold," it means you're not very close to the prize. A cold is also the infection that gives you a runny nose and sore throat.

Primary Meanings of cold

1.
adjn
having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration
the absence of heat
2.
adj
extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion
3.
adj
lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new
4.
adj
(color) giving no sensation of warmth
5.
adj
marked by errorless familiarity
6.
adj
so intense as to be almost uncontrollable
7.
adj
unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication
8.
n
a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)
Full Definitions of cold
1

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”
Synonyms:
frozen
turned into ice; affected by freezing or by long and severe cold
acold
of persons; feeling cold
algid
chilly
arctic, frigid, gelid, glacial, icy, polar
extremely cold
bleak, cutting, raw
unpleasantly cold and damp
chilly, parky
appreciably or disagreeably cold
crisp, frosty, nipping, nippy, snappy
pleasantly cold and invigorating
frigorific
causing cold; cooling or chilling
frore
very cold
frosty, rimed, rimy
covered with frost
heatless
without generating heat
ice-cold
as cold as ice
refrigerant, refrigerating
causing cooling or freezing
refrigerated
made or kept cold by refrigeration
shivery
cold enough to cause shivers
stone-cold
completely cold
unheated, unwarmed
not having been heated or warmed
cool
neither warm nor very cold; giving relief from heat
Antonyms:
hot
used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning
baking, baking hot
as hot as if in an oven
blistering, blistery
hot enough to raise (or as if to raise) blisters
calefacient, warming
producing the sensation of heat when applied to the body
calefactive, calefactory
serving to heat
calorifacient
producing heat; usually used of foods
calorific
heat-generating
fervent, fervid
extremely hot
fiery, igneous
like or suggestive of fire
heatable
capable of becoming hot
heated, heated up, het, het up
made warm or hot (`het' is a dialectal variant of `heated')
hottish
somewhat hot
overheated
heated beyond a safe or desirable point
red-hot
glowing red with heat
scorching
hot and dry enough to burn or parch a surface
sizzling
hot enough to burn with or as if with a hissing sound
stifling, sulfurous, sulphurous, sultry
characterized by oppressive heat and humidity
sweltering, sweltry
excessively hot and humid or marked by sweating and faintness
thermal
caused by or designed to retain heat
torrid
extremely hot
tropic, tropical
of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics
white, white-hot
glowing white with heat
warm
having or producing a comfortable and agreeable degree of heat or imparting or maintaining heat
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adj lacking the warmth of life

cold in his grave”
Synonyms:
dead
no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life

n the absence of heat

“come in out of the cold
cold is a vasoconstrictor”
Synonyms:
coldness, frigidity, frigidness, low temperature
Antonyms:
heat, high temperature, hotness
the presence of heat
Types:
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chill, gelidity, iciness
coldness due to a cold environment
chilliness, coolness, nip
the property of being moderately cold
frostiness
coldness as evidenced by frost
cool
the quality of being at a refreshingly low temperature
Type of:
pressor, vasoconstrictive, vasoconstrictor
any agent that causes a narrowing of an opening of a blood vessel: cold or stress or nicotine or epinephrine or norepinephrine or angiotensin or vasopressin or certain drugs; maintains or increases blood pressure
temperature
the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity)

n the sensation produced by low temperatures

“he shivered from the cold
“the cold helped clear his head”
Synonyms:
coldness
Type of:
temperature
the somatic sensation of cold or heat
2

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
Synonyms:
emotionless, passionless
unmoved by feeling
frigid, frosty, frozen, glacial, icy, wintry
devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain
passionless
not passionate
cool
psychologically cool and unenthusiastic; unfriendly or unresponsive or showing dislike
Antonyms:
hot
extended meanings; especially of psychological heat; marked by intensity or vehemence especially of passion or enthusiasm
fiery, flaming
very intense
heated
marked by emotional heat; vehement
red-hot, sizzling
characterized by intense emotion or interest or excitement
sensual, sultry
sexually exciting or gratifying
torrid
emotionally charged and vigorously energetic
white-hot
intensely zealous or fervid
passionate
having or expressing strong emotions
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adj feeling or showing no enthusiasm

“a cold audience”
“a cold response to the new play”
Synonyms:
unenthusiastic
not enthusiastic; lacking excitement or ardor

adj sexually unresponsive

“was cold to his advances”
Synonyms:
unloving
not giving or reciprocating affection

adj without compunction or human feeling

“in cold blood”
cold-blooded killing”
Synonyms:
cold-blooded, inhuman, insensate
inhumane
lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion
3

adj lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new

Synonyms:
dusty, moth-eaten, stale
unoriginal
not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual

adj having lost freshness through passage of time

“a cold trail”
“dogs attempting to catch a cold scent”
Synonyms:
stale
lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age

adj of a seeker; far from the object sought

Synonyms:
far
located at a great distance in time or space or degree
4

adj (color) giving no sensation of warmth

“a cold bluish grey”
Synonyms:
cool
(color) inducing the impression of coolness; used especially of greens and blues and violets
5

adj marked by errorless familiarity

“had her lines cold before rehearsals started”
Synonyms:
perfect
being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish
6

adj so intense as to be almost uncontrollable

cold fury gripped him”
Synonyms:
intense
possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
7

adj unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication

“the boxer was out cold
“pass out cold
Synonyms:
unconscious
not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead
8

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

“will they never find a cure for the common cold?”
Synonyms:
common cold
Types:
head cold
a common cold affecting the nasal passages and resulting in congestion and sneezing and headache
Type of:
communicable disease
a disease that can be communicated from one person to another
respiratory disease, respiratory disorder, respiratory illness
a disease affecting the respiratory system

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