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.
moderately cold; tending to cause shivering; chilly: a chill wind.
shivering with or affected by cold; chilly.
depressing or discouraging: chill prospects.
Slang. cool (def. 14).
unduly formal; unfriendly; chilly: a chill reception.
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.
Slang. to kill; murder.
Idioms about chill
- chill·ing·ly, adverb
- chillness, noun
- o·ver·chill, adjective
- o·ver·chill, verb
- pre·chill, verb (used with object)
- un·chilled, adjective
- well-chilled, adjective
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How to use chill in a sentence
A bottle of locally brewed liquor chills in a water cooler in the corner, a Pepsi bottle next to it for mixing.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan | Umar Farooq, Syed Fakhar Kakakhel | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I got chills,” George said, and just about everyone in the room teared up.‘They Don’t Call It SEAL Team 6-Year-Old for Nothing’: Commandos Clash Over Tell-All Book | Kimberly Dozier | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Anxiety, restlessness, chills, sweating, blurred vision, and dehydration can occur with the use of MDMA.Why Molly Is Especially Deadly at Summer Music Festivals | Abby Haglage | June 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Common symptoms of MERS include fever, chills, cough, and shortness of breath.Is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) the Next SARS? | Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad | May 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The aches, the chills, the injustice of someone giving you—YOU!
Cold chills crept over Tom, as Mr. Harrison looked round to refresh his memory.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
Maybe that chills a man's feelings, maybe something deep in his mind lives and has time to think.The Stars, My Brothers | Edmond Hamilton
She complained of a headache, and had had chills during the night, and was now quite evidently feverish.Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
It will be long after sun-up then, and when you ask for help you tell them your folks are all down with chills and fever.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Puckered with chills and goose-flesh, the fireside people huddled and sneezed around their respective hearths.Molly Make-Believe | Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for chill
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)
(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
- See also chill out
- chilling, adjective
- chillingly, adverb
- chillness, noun
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