—adj. 1. having a relatively low temperature; having little or no warmth: cold water; a cold day. 2. feeling an uncomfortable lack of warmth; chilled: The skaters were cold. 3. having a temperature lower than the normal temperature of the human body: cold hands. 4. lacking in passion, emotion, enthusiasm, ardor, etc.; dispassionate: cold reason. 5. not affectionate, cordial, or friendly; unresponsive: a cold reply; a cold reception. 6. lacking sensual desire: She remained cold to his advances. 7. failing to excite feeling or interest: the cold precision of his prose. 8. unexcitable; imperturbable: cold impassivity. 9. depressing; dispiriting: the cold atmosphere of a hospital waiting room. 10. unconscious because of a severe blow, shock, etc.: I knocked him cold with an uppercut. 11. lacking the warmth of life; lifeless: When the doctor arrived, the body was already cold. 12. faint; weak: The dogs lost the cold scent. 13. (in games) distant from the object of search or the correct answer.
14. Slang.(in sports and games) not scoring or winning; ineffective: Cold shooting and poor rebounding were their undoing. 15. Art. a. having cool colors, esp. muted tones tending toward grayish blue.
b. being a cool color.
16. slow to absorb heat, as a soil containing a large amount of clay and hence retentive of moisture.
17. Metalworking.noting or pertaining to any process involving plastic deformation of a metal at a temperature below that at which recrystallization can occur because of the strain: cold working. 18. go cold,Slang.(in sports and games) to become unproductive or ineffective; be unable to score.
19. in cold blood. See blood (def. 18).
20. throw cold water on, to disparage; disapprove of; dampen the enthusiasm of: They threw cold water on her hopes to take acting classes.
—n. 1. the relative absence of heat: Everyone suffered from the intense cold. 2. the sensation produced by loss of heat from the body, as by contact with anything having a lower temperature than that of the body: He felt the cold of the steel door against his cheek. 3. cold weather: He can't take the cold. 4. Also calledcommon cold. a respiratory disorder characterized by sneezing, sore throat, coughing, etc., caused by an allergic reaction or by a viral, bacterial, or mixed infection.
5. catch or take cold, to get or suffer from a cold: We all caught cold during that dreadful winter. 6. in from the cold, out of a position or condition of exile, concealment, isolation, or alienation: Since the new government promised amnesty, fugitive rebels are coming in from the cold. 7. left out in the cold, neglected; ignored; forgotten: After the baby came, the young husband felt left out in the cold.Also,out in the cold.
—adv. 1. with complete competence, thoroughness, or certainty; absolutely: He learned his speech cold. 2. without preparation or prior notice: She had to play the lead role cold. 3. in an abrupt, unceremonious manner: He quit the job cold. 4. Metalworking.at a temperature below that at which recrystallization can occur (sometimes used in combination): to cold-hammer an iron bar; The wire was drawn cold.