- coldness, especially a moderate but uncomfortably penetrating coldness: the chill of evening.
- a sensation of cold, usually with shivering: She felt a slight chill from the open window.
- a feeling of sudden fear, anxiety, or alarm.
- sudden coldness of the body, as during the cold stage of an ague: fevers and chills.
- a depressing influence or sensation: His presence cast a chill over everyone.
- lack of warmth of feeling; unfriendliness; coolness.
- Foundry. an inserted object or a surface in a mold capable of absorbing large amounts of heat, used to harden the surface of a casting or to increase its rate of solidification at a specific point.
- bloom1(def 12).
- to become cold: The earth chills when the sun sets.
- to be seized with a chill; shiver with cold or fear.
- Foundry. (of a casting) to become hard on the surface by contact with a chill or chills.
- Slang. to calm down; relax (often followed by out).
- to affect with cold; make chilly: The rain has chilled me to the bone.
- to make cool: Chill the wine before serving.
- to depress; discourage; deter: The news chilled his hopes.
- Foundry. to harden the surface of (a casting) by casting it in a mold having a chill or chills.
- bloom1(def 22).
- Slang. to kill; murder.
- take a chill pill, Slang. See chill pill(def 2).
Origin of chill
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Examples from the Web for chill
If you prefer them chewy in the middle and crisp outside, chill the balls of dough.Make These Barefoot Contessa Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
November 28, 2014
Standing in the chill breeze of autumn, I knew something had passed between us.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
What he—and his friend holding the camera—heard in response was enough to chill them to the bone.Dumpster Politicians, Jeter Tributes, and More Viral Videos
September 21, 2014
Yet, relative to the massive amount of attention, shock, and criticism, I can only muster a shrug and a plea to chill out.The Internet’s Latest Pearl-Clutching Panic Over Mamading Is Insane
July 4, 2014
A chill coursed through me, but I resisted the urge to turn back.When An Adopted Child Won’t Attach
May 2, 2014
It was a cold light, and the chill of it went through Andrew.Way of the Lawless
The eyes that had always been warm in their glances on her were chill now.Within the Law
The Trainer's words, "The mare's coughin'," struck a chill to her heart.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Among its pebbles her feet still ran on, under the chill of icy water.The Dream
She was at the stove, where an armful of kindling had been set off to take the chill out of the house.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- a moderate coldness
- a sensation of coldness resulting from a cold or damp environment, or from a sudden emotional reaction
- a feverish cold
- a check on enthusiasm or joy
- a metal plate placed in a sand mould to accelerate cooling and control local grain growth
- another name for bloom 1 (def. 9)
- another word for chilly
- to make or become cold
- (tr) to cool or freeze (food, drinks, etc)
- to depress (enthusiasm, etc)
- to discourage
- (tr) to cool (a casting or metal object) rapidly in order to prevent the formation of large grains in the metal
- (intr) slang, mainly US to relax; calm oneself
Word Origin and History for chill
Old English ciele, cele "cold, coolness, chill, frost," from Proto-Germanic *kal- "to be cold," from PIE root *gel- "cold" (see cold). According to OED, the word seems to have been obsolete after c.1400 (displaced by cold) and the modern use is a back-formation since c.1600 from the verb.
late 14c., intransitive, "to feel cold, grow cold;" c.1400, transitive, "to make cold," from chill (n.). Related: Chilled; chilling; chillingly. Figurative use from late 14c. Meaning "hang out" first recorded 1985; from earlier chill out "relax" (1979).
Sheila E. sizzles in the new flick, Krush Groove, but some New York critics couldn't groove with it because many of the terms are unfamiliar to them. Examples: breakin' out (slang for leaving), chill (for cool down) and death (for something that's really good). ["Jet," Nov. 11, 1985]
- A feeling of cold, with shivering and pallor, sometimes accompanied by an elevation of temperature in the interior of the body.