chilling


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chill

 (chĭl)
n.
1. A moderate but penetrating coldness.
2. A sensation of coldness, often accompanied by shivering and pallor of the skin.
3. A checking or dampening of enthusiasm, spirit, or joy: bad news that put a chill on the celebration.
4. A sudden numbing fear or dread.
adj.
1. Moderately cold; chilly: a chill wind.
2. Not warm and friendly; distant: a chill greeting.
3. Discouraging; dispiriting: "Chill penury repressed their noble rage" (Thomas Gray).
v. chilled, chill·ing, chills
v.tr.
1. To affect with or as if with cold.
2. To lower in temperature; cool.
3. To make discouraged; dispirit.
4. Metallurgy To harden (a metallic surface) by rapid cooling.
v.intr.
1. To be seized with cold.
2. To become cold or set: jelly that chills quickly.
3. Metallurgy To become hard by rapid cooling.
4. Slang
a. To calm down or relax. Often used with out.
b. To pass time idly; loiter. Often used with out.
c. To keep company; see socially. Often used with out.

[Middle English chile, from Old English cele; see gel- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

chill′ing·ly adv.
chill′ness n.

chilling

The dormant period that some plants need to experience to initiate flowering.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chilling - the process of becoming coolerchilling - the process of becoming cooler; a falling temperature
freeze, freezing - the withdrawal of heat to change something from a liquid to a solid
heat dissipation - dissipation of heat
infrigidation, refrigeration - the process of cooling or freezing (e.g., food) for preservative purposes
temperature change - a process whereby the degree of hotness of a body (or medium) changes
Adj.1.chilling - provoking fear terror; "a scary movie"; "the most terrible and shuddery...tales of murder and revenge"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
Translations

chilling

[ˈtʃɪlɪŋ] ADJ (fig) → escalofriante

chilling

[ˈtʃɪlɪŋ] adj
(= cold) [wind] → frais(fraîche), froid(e)
(= unfriendly) [look, smile] → glacial(e)
(= frightening) [thought, warning] → qui donne le frisson
(= paralysing) to have a chilling effect on sth → paralyser qch

chilling

adj lookfrostig, eisig; prospect, thoughtäußerst unerquicklich, beunruhigend; reminder, message, warning, wordsschrecklich, schreckenerregend; sight, story, accountgrauenhaft, schaudererregend

chilling

[ˈtʃɪlɪŋ] adj (story, thought) → agghiacciante; (wind) → gelido/a
References in classic literature ?
Montcalm had filled the woods of the portage with his savages, every yell and whoop from whom rang through the British encampment, chilling the hearts of men who were already but too much disposed to magnify the danger.
Hitherto, the life-blood has been gradually chilling in your veins as you sat aloof, within your circle of gentility, while the rest of the world was fighting out its battle with one kind of necessity or another.
I only knew that at the end of, I suppose, a quarter of an hour, an odorous dampness and roughness, chilling and piercing my trouble, had made me understand that I must have thrown myself, on my face, on the ground and given way to a wildness of grief.
At the end of this hog's progress every inch of the carcass had been gone over several times; and then it was rolled into the chilling room, where it stayed for twenty-four hours, and where a stranger might lose himself in a forest of freezing hogs.
I never seemed in his way; he did not take fits of chilling hauteur: when he met me unexpectedly, the encounter seemed welcome; he had always a word and sometimes a smile for me: when summoned by formal invitation to his presence, I was honoured by a cordiality of reception that made me feel I really possessed the power to amuse him, and that these evening conferences were sought as much for his pleasure as for my benefit.
Though he looked the phantom through and through, and saw it standing before him; though he felt the chilling influence of its death-cold eyes; and marked the very texture of the folded kerchief bound about its head and chin, which wrapper he had not observed before; he was still incredulous, and fought against his senses.
He added not, for ADAM at the newes Heart-strook with chilling gripe of sorrow stood, That all his senses bound; EVE, who unseen Yet all had heard, with audible lament Discover'd soon the place of her retire.
Let us close this casement;--the air is chilling and dangerous to your frame.
Straightway I became conscious of a Presence in the room, and a chilling breath thrilled through my very being.
Then I looked in all the other rooms of the house, with an ever-growing fear chilling my heart.
I was anxious not to show the fear that seemed chilling my backbone.
Monsieur," replied the count, with a chilling air, "I am very happy to have been the means of preserving a son to his mother, for they say that the sentiment of maternity is the most holy of all; and the good fortune which occurred to me, monsieur, might have enabled you to dispense with a duty which, in its discharge, confers an undoubtedly great honor; for I am aware that M.