- the apparent temperature felt on the exposed human body owing to the combination of temperature and wind speed.
Origin of wind chill
First recorded in 1945–50
Also called wind·chill factor [wind-chil, win-,] /ˈwɪndˌtʃɪl ˌfæk tər, ˈwɪn-,/ wind·chill in·dex [wind-chil in-deks, win-] /ˈwɪndˌtʃɪl ˌɪn dɛks, ˈwɪn-/, chill factor.
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- the serious chilling effect of wind and low temperature: it is measured on a scale that runs from hot to fatal to life and allows for varying combinations of air temperature and wind speed
- (as modifier)wind-chill factor