chillness


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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).
4. Slang Calm or relaxed: "As my meditation routine grew more stable...my already laid-back demeanor grew positively chill" (David Gelles).
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.
c. To spend time with someone in a relaxed manner; hang out together.

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

chill′ing·ly adv.
chill′ness n.
Translations

chill(i)ness

n (lit)Kühle f, → Frische f; (fig)Kühle f, → Frostigkeit f

chillness

chilliness [ˈtʃɪl(ɪ)nɪs] n (cold) → freddo; (coolness) → fresco (fig) → freddezza
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A strange chillness, whether of the body or spirit they could not tell, was creeping gradually over them all.
replied Rose: shuddering as though some deadly chillness were passing over her, while she spoke; 'I shall be better presently.
The warning lights and fires upon the river were powerless beneath this pall, and, but for a raw and piercing chillness in the air, and now and then the cry of some bewildered boatman as he rested on his oars and tried to make out where he was, the river itself might have been miles away.