Definition of Chill

1. Noun. Coldness due to a cold environment.

Exact synonyms: Gelidity, Iciness
Generic synonyms: Cold, Coldness, Frigidity, Frigidness, Low Temperature
Derivative terms: Chilly, Gelid, Icy, Icy

2. Verb. Depress or discourage. "The bad news will chill him"; "The news of the city's surrender chilled the soldiers"

3. Noun. An almost pleasurable sensation of fright. "A frisson of surprise shot through him"
Exact synonyms: Frisson, Quiver, Shiver, Shudder, Thrill, Tingle
Generic synonyms: Fear, Fearfulness, Fright
Derivative terms: Shiver, Shivery, Shuddery, Thrill, Thrill, Tingle

4. Verb. Make cool or cooler. "They chill the water "; "Chill the food"
Exact synonyms: Cool, Cool Down
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Causes: Cool, Cool Down
Specialized synonyms: Quench, Ice, Refrigerate
Derivative terms: Chilling, Cool, Coolant, Cooler, Cooler, Cooling, Cooling
Antonyms: Heat

5. Noun. A sensation of cold that often marks the start of an infection and the development of a fever.
Exact synonyms: Shivering
Generic synonyms: Symptom
Derivative terms: Shiver

6. Verb. Loose heat. "The water chills "; "The air cooled considerably after the thunderstorm"
Exact synonyms: Cool, Cool Down
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Derivative terms: Chilling, Cool, Coolant, Cooling
Antonyms: Heat

7. Noun. A sudden numbing dread.
Exact synonyms: Pall
Generic synonyms: Apprehension, Apprehensiveness, Dread
Derivative terms: Pall

Definition of Chill

1. n. A moderate but disagreeable degree of cold; a disagreeable sensation of coolness, accompanied with shivering.

2. a. Moderately cold; tending to cause shivering; chilly; raw.

3. v. t. To strike with a chill; to make chilly; to cause to shiver; to affect with cold.

4. v. i. To become surface-hardened by sudden cooling while solidifying; as, some kinds of cast iron chill to a greater depth than others.

Definition of Chill

1. Abbreviation. (computing) an acronym for CCITT High Level Language ¹

2. Noun. A moderate, but uncomfortable and penetrating coldness. ¹

3. Noun. A sudden penetrating sense of cold, especially one that causes a brief trembling nerve response through the body; the trembling response itself; often associated with illness: ''fevers and chills'', or susceptibility to illness: ''close the window or you'll catch a chill''. ¹

4. Noun. An uncomfortable and numbing sense of fear, dread, anxiety, or alarm, often one that is sudden and usually accompanied by a trembling nerve response resembling the body's response to biting cold. ¹

5. Adjective. Moderately cold or chilly. ¹

6. Adjective. (slang) Calm, relaxed, easygoing. ''See also'': chill out. ¹

7. Adjective. (slang) "Cool"; meeting a certain hip standard or garnering the approval of a certain peer group. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To lower the temperature of something; to cool. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive metallurgy) To harden a metal surface by sudden cooling. ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive) To become cold. ¹

11. Verb. (intransitive metallurgy) To become hard by rapid cooling. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive slang) To relax, lie back. ¹

13. Verb. (intransitive slang) To "hang", hang out; to spend time with another person or group. ''Also'' '''chill out'''. ¹

14. Verb. (intransitive slang) To smoke marijuana. ¹

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Definition of Chill

1. cool [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: cool

Medical Definition of Chill

1. 1. A sensation of cold. 2. A feeling of cold with shivering and pallor, accompanied by an elevation of temperature in the interior of the body; usually a prodromal symptom of an infectious disease due to the invasion of the blood by toxins. Synonym: rigor. Origin: A.S. Cele, cold (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Chill

chill (current term)
chill out
chill outs
chill pill
chill pills

Literary usage of Chill

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Select Collection of Old English Plays by Robert Dodsley, William Carew Hazlitt (1874)
"chill run, chill ride, chill dig, chill delve, chill toil, chill trudge, shalt see ; chill hold, chill draw, chill pull, chill pinch, chill kneel on my bare ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1882)
"Uth. chill at 11 PM, followed by high fever. 12<A. chill at 4 AM Fever and ... chill at 5 AM 14th. No chill. Violent earache right side. loth (5th day). ..."

3. Representative English Comedies: With Introductory Essays and Notes, an by Charles Mills Gayley, Alwin Thaler (1903)
"... chil pull, chill pynche, chill kneele on my bare knee ; chill scrape, ... chil knele, chil crepe on hands and feete, chill be thy bondman, Diccon, ..."

4. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1905)
"Had a chill third day after onset. chill was followed by a " fever. " No nausea nor vomiting though an emetic was given to induce vomiting. ..."

5. British Poets of the Nineteenth Century: Poems by Wordsworth, Coleridge by Curtis Hidden Page (1910)
"The night is chill, the cloud is gray ; 'Tis a month before the month of May. And the Spring comes slowly up this way. The lovely lady, Christabel, ..."

6. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1901)
"In semi-tertian the chill may be as severe as in tertian or quartan, ... Chart of semi-tertian fever. times the paroxysm comes on without a chill and even ..."

7. Medical education in the United States and Canada: a report to the Carnegie by Abraham Flexner (1910)
"The old mother came in to tell me of the cases and get some 'chill medicine.' She said they were all chilling three times a day. ..."

8. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)
"... and humiliating dependence as it would have been to get into the strong current of her blooming life the chill sense that her death would really come. ..."

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