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Very cold; icy: gelid ocean waters. See Synonyms at cold.

[Latin gelidus, from gelū, frost; see gel- in Indo-European roots.]

ge·lid′i·ty (jə-lĭd′ĭ-tē), gel′id·ness n.
gel′id·ly adv.


very cold, icy, or frosty
[C17: from Latin gelidus icy cold, from gelu frost]
geˈlidity, ˈgelidness n
ˈgelidly adv


(ˈdʒɛl ɪd)

very cold; icy.
[1600–10; < Latin gelidus icy cold =gel(um) frost, cold + -idus -id4]
ge•lid•i•ty (dʒəˈlɪd ɪ ti) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.gelid - extremely cold; "an arctic climate"; "a frigid day"; "gelid waters of the North Atlantic"; "glacial winds"; "icy hands"; "polar weather"
cold - having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration; "a cold climate"; "a cold room"; "dinner has gotten cold"; "cold fingers"; "if you are cold, turn up the heat"; "a cold beer"


Very cold:
Archaic: frore.
Idiom: bitter cold.
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His face was lime white, his lips loose and twisted, his eyes dull, gelid and sunk.
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The gun is reachable through the upper front of the garment, but the coat shields it from scratchy brush, rust-inducing rain and snow and icy cold that can turn the lubricant inside gelid and compromise the handgun's function.
Suddenly we are there, in this empty gallery, on a freezing morning, watching this man dust antiquities in the gelid light.
Using as his source a series of oft-reproduced photographs taken during Shackleton's journey, he convincingly renders dark, gelid waters and snow in its myriad forms, from shimmering powder to icy, chalklike chunks.
The gelid wind has another cause, but you will not know it, not even surmise it, for another five minutes or so.
His attention span may be somewhat limited--he prefers skimming along crystalline surfaces to probing gelid depths--but his voice is so engaging and his writing so crisp that I was usually happy to keep him company wherever he zigzagged.
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