from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A moderate but penetrating coldness.
  • n. A sensation of coldness, often accompanied by shivering and pallor of the skin.
  • n. A checking or dampening of enthusiasm, spirit, or joy: bad news that put a chill on the celebration.
  • n. A sudden numbing fear or dread.
  • adj. Moderately cold; chilly: a chill wind.
  • adj. Not warm and friendly; distant: a chill greeting.
  • adj. Discouraging; dispiriting: "Chill penury repressed their noble rage” ( Thomas Gray).
  • transitive v. To affect with or as if with cold.
  • transitive v. To lower in temperature; cool.
  • transitive v. To make discouraged; dispirit.
  • transitive v. Metallurgy To harden (a metallic surface) by rapid cooling.
  • intransitive v. To be seized with cold.
  • intransitive v. To become cold or set: jelly that chills quickly.
  • intransitive v. Metallurgy To become hard by rapid cooling.
  • intransitive v. Slang To calm down or relax. Often used with out.
  • intransitive v. Slang To pass time idly; loiter. Often used with out.
  • intransitive v. Slang To keep company; see socially. Often used with out.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A moderate, but uncomfortable and penetrating coldness.
  • n. A sudden penetrating sense of cold, especially one that causes a brief trembling nerve response through the body; the trembling response itself; often associated with illness: fevers and chills, or susceptibility to illness: close the window or you'll catch a chill.
  • n. An uncomfortable and numbing sense of fear, dread, anxiety, or alarm, often one that is sudden and usually accompanied by a trembling nerve response resembling the body's response to biting cold.
  • adj. Moderately cold or chilly.
  • adj. Calm, relaxed, easygoing. See also: chill out.
  • adj. "Cool"; meeting a certain hip standard or garnering the approval of a certain peer group.
  • v. To lower the temperature of something; to cool.
  • v. To harden a metal surface by sudden cooling.
  • v. To become cold.
  • v. To become hard by rapid cooling.
  • v. To relax, lie back.
  • v. To "hang", hang out; to spend time with another person or group. Also chill out.
  • v. To smoke marijuana.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moderately cold; tending to cause shivering; chilly; raw.
  • adj. Affected by cold.
  • adj. Characterized by coolness of manner, feeling, etc.; lacking enthusiasm or warmth; formal; distant.
  • adj. Discouraging; depressing; dispiriting.
  • n. A moderate but disagreeable degree of cold; a disagreeable sensation of coolness, accompanied with shivering.
  • n. A sensation of cold with convulsive shaking of the body, pinched face, pale skin, and blue lips, caused by undue cooling of the body or by nervous excitement, or forming the precursor of some constitutional disturbance, as of a fever.
  • n. A check to enthusiasm or warmth of feeling; discouragement.
  • n. An iron mold or portion of a mold, serving to cool rapidly, and so to harden, the surface of molten iron brought in contact with it.
  • n. The hardened part of a casting, as the tread of a car wheel.
  • intransitive v. To become surface-hardened by sudden cooling while solidifying.
  • transitive v. To strike with a chill; to make chilly; to cause to shiver; to affect with cold.
  • transitive v. To check enthusiasm or warmth of feeling of; to depress; to discourage.
  • transitive v. To produce, by sudden cooling, a change of crystallization at or near the surface of, so as to increase the hardness; said of cast iron.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sudden or intense sensation of cold; especially, such a sensation accompanied with shivering or shaking, as a result of exposure to the cold or as the precursor or accompaniment of certain fevers; a cold fit; rigor.
  • n. A degree of cold; that condition of the atmosphere or of any object which produces the sensation of cold; coldness such as that caused by the proximity of ice; chilliness: as, there is a chill in the air.
  • n. Figuratively, a feeling as of coldness produced by anything that discourages, annoys, or offends; a depressing influence; a check to warmth of feeling, as to sympathy or enthusiasm.
  • n. A metal mold in which certain kinds of iron-castings, as car-wheels, are made. The surfaces in contact with the mold are hardened by sudden chilling.
  • n. In painting, dullness or dimness in a picture.
  • Cold; tending to cause shivering: as, the chill air of night. See chilly
  • Experiencing cold; shivering with cold.
  • Figuratively— Depressing; dispiriting; discouraging.
  • Distant; formal; not warm, hearty, or affectionate: as, a chill reception. See chilly, 4.
  • Insensible in death.
  • To be cold; shiver with cold.
  • To become cold rapidly or suddenly.
  • To affect with cold; make chilly; strike or blast with severe cold.
  • Figuratively, to check in enthusiasm or warmth of feeling; discourage; dispirit; depress.
  • In metallurgy, to reduce suddenly in temperature, as a mass of molten iron, so as to harden it by causing a change of crystallization at or near the surface. See casting.
  • To remove the chill from, as liquor, by warming it.
  • n. A lamp peculiar to Cornball and the extreme west of England, consisting of an open saucer bent up on four sides so as to leave at the corners depressed spouts or gutters for holding wicks. Such lamps are made of earthenware or of metal, and are often fitted with a hanging support.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. loose heat
  • n. an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
  • v. make cool or cooler
  • n. a sensation of cold that often marks the start of an infection and the development of a fever
  • n. coldness due to a cold environment
  • n. a sudden numbing dread
  • v. depress or discourage


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English chile, from Old English cele.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English ċele.



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