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Definition 1: the absence of heat - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for cold in the sense of this definition

(cold is a kind of ...) 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

(cold is a kind of ...) the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity)

(... is a kind of cold ) coldness due to a cold environment

(... is a kind of cold ) the property of being moderately cold

"the chilliness of early morning"

(... is a kind of cold ) coldness as evidenced by frost

(... is a kind of cold ) the quality of being at a refreshingly low temperature

"the cool of early morning"

Definition 2: the sensation produced by low temperatures - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he shivered from the cold
  • the cold helped clear his head

Synonyms for cold in the sense of this definition

(cold is a kind of ...) the somatic sensation of cold or heat

Definition 3: a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs) - [noun denoting state]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for cold in the sense of this definition

(cold is a kind of ...) a disease that can be communicated from one person to another

(cold is a kind of ...) a disease affecting the respiratory system

(... is a kind of cold ) a common cold affecting the nasal passages and resulting in congestion and sneezing and headache

(cold is a part of ...) persistent watery mucus discharge from the nose (as in the common cold)

Definition 4: having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a cold climate
  • a cold room
  • dinner has gotten cold
  • cold fingers
  • if you are cold, turn up the heat
  • a cold beer

(cold is similar to ...) very cold

"whatever the evenings be--frosty and frore or warm and wet"

(cold is similar to ...) made or kept cold by refrigeration

"keep the milk refrigerated" "a refrigerated truck"

(cold is similar to ...) causing cooling or freezing

"a refrigerant substance such as ice or solid carbon dioxide"

(cold is similar to ...) as cold as ice

(cold is similar to ...) without generating heat

"luminescent organisms emit heatless light"

(cold is similar to ...) covered with frost

"a frosty glass" "hedgerows were rimed and stiff with frost"

(cold is similar to ...) completely cold

"by the time he got back to his coffee it was stone-cold"

(cold is similar to ...) causing cold; cooling or chilling

(cold is similar to ...) pleasantly cold and invigorating

"crisp clear nights and frosty mornings" "a nipping wind" "a nippy fall day" "snappy weather"

(cold is similar to ...) appreciably or disagreeably cold

(cold is similar to ...) unpleasantly cold and damp

"bleak winds of the North Atlantic"

(cold is similar to ...) extremely cold

"an arctic climate" "a frigid day" "gelid waters of the North Atlantic" "glacial winds" "icy hands" "polar weather"

(cold is similar to ...) chilly

"a person who is algid is marked by prostration and has cold clammy skin and low blood pressure"

(cold is similar to ...) of persons; feeling cold

"Poor Tom's acold"

(cold is similar to ...) not having been heated or warmed

"an unheated room" "unwarmed rolls"

(cold is similar to ...) cold enough to cause shivers

"felt all shivery" "shivery weather"

(means also ...) neither warm nor very cold; giving relief from heat

"a cool autumn day" "a cool room" "cool summer dresses" "cool drinks" "a cool breeze"

(means also ...) turned into ice; affected by freezing or by long and severe cold

"the frozen North" "frozen pipes" "children skating on a frozen brook"

(... are attributes of cold) the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity)

Definition 5: extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a cold unfriendly nod
  • a cold and unaffectionate person
  • a cold impersonal manner
  • cold logic
  • the concert left me cold

(cold is similar to ...) unmoved by feeling

"he kept his emotionless objectivity and faith in the cause he served" "this passionless girl was like an icicle in the sunshine"

(cold is similar to ...) devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain

"a frigid greeting" "got a frosty reception" "a frozen look on their faces" "a glacial handshake" "icy stare" "wintry smile"

(means also ...) not passionate

"passionless observation of human nature"

(means also ...) psychologically cool and unenthusiastic; unfriendly or unresponsive or showing dislike

"relations were cool and polite" "a cool reception" "cool to the idea of higher taxes"

(... are attributes of cold) emotional nature or quality

Definition 6: (color) giving no sensation of warmth - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a cold bluish grey

(cold is similar to ...) inducing the impression of coolness; used especially of greens and blues and violets when referring to color

"cool greens and blues and violets" "the cool sound of rushing water"

Definition 7: lacking the warmth of life - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cold in his grave

(cold is similar to ...) no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life

"the nerve is dead" "a dead pallor" "he was marked as a dead man by the assassin"

Definition 8: of a seeker; far from the object sought - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(cold is similar to ...) located at a great distance in time or space or degree

"we come from a far country" "far corners of the earth" "the far future" "a far journey" "the far side of the road" "far from the truth" "far in the future"

Definition 9: without compunction or human feeling - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in cold blood
  • cold-blooded killing
  • insensate destruction

Synonyms for cold in the sense of this definition

(cold is similar to ...) lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion

"humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world" "biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used"

Definition 10: so intense as to be almost uncontrollable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cold fury gripped him

(cold is similar to ...) possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree

"intense heat" "intense anxiety" "intense desire" "intense emotion" "the skunk's intense acrid odor" "intense pain" "enemy fire was intense"

Definition 11: marked by errorless familiarity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • had her lines cold before rehearsals started

(cold is similar to ...) being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish

"a perfect circle" "a perfect reproduction" "perfect happiness" "perfect manners" "a perfect specimen" "a perfect day"

Definition 12: having lost freshness through passage of time - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a cold trail
  • dogs attempting to catch a cold scent

(cold is similar to ...) lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age

"stale bread" "the beer was stale"

Definition 13: unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the boxer was out cold
  • pass out cold

(cold is similar to ...) not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead

"lay unconscious on the floor"

Definition 14: feeling or showing no enthusiasm - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a cold audience
  • a cold response to the new play

(cold is similar to ...) not enthusiastic; lacking excitement or ardor

"an unenthusiastic performance by the orchestra" "unenthusiastic applause"

Definition 15: sexually unresponsive - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • was cold to his advances
  • a frigid woman

Synonyms for cold in the sense of this definition

(cold is similar to ...) not giving or reciprocating affection

Definition 16: lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • moth-eaten theories about race
  • stale news

Synonyms for cold in the sense of this definition

(cold is similar to ...) not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual

"the manuscript contained unoriginal emendations" "his life had been unoriginal, conforming completely to the given pattern"

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