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cold wave

Meteorology. a rapid and considerable drop in temperature, usually affecting a large area.
a permanent wave in the hair set by special chemical solutions without the aid of any heating device.
Origin of cold wave
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The warm temperatures which melt the snow may be followed by a cold wave, which may be greatly injurious to the plants.

  • Will it be as hot as the dickens; or are we in for a cold wave?

    Fast Nine Alan Douglas
  • Then, like a cold wave, surged over her a numbing sense of his position.

    Satan Sanderson Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Sometimes this fall is very marked, and then it is called a cold wave.

  • He was restrained only by the fear of perpetual blindness, which came over him in a sort of cold wave at each reaction.

    The Man Bram Stoker
  • A cold wave swept down my spine, and a sort of emptiness came to the pit of my stomach.

    In the Fog Richard Harding Davis
  • The minimum temperature had fallen to −21.8, as though a cold wave were passing over the country.

  • On the 26th the cold wave covered Florida, and temperatures below freezing were reported as far south as Tampa and Jupiter.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • This was not exact, for Loveday had forgotten Mrs. Veale, but the rebuke drenched the impetuous girl like a cold wave.

    The White Riband Fryniwyd Tennyson Jesse
  • The cold wave that drenched her heart accompanied an assurance that the man in the doorway meant trouble.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for cold wave

cold wave

(meteorol) a sudden spell of low temperatures over a wide area, often following the passage of a cold front
(hairdressing) a permanent wave made by chemical agents applied at normal temperatures
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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