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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.

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 ?
And this was the reason that, long ago, In this kingdom by the sea, A wind blew out of a cloud by night Chilling my ANNABEL LEE; So that her high-born kinsmen came And bore her away from me, To shut her up, in a sepulchre In this kingdom by the sea.
that was the reason (as all men know, In this kingdom by the sea) That the wind came out of the cloud, chilling And killing my ANNABEL LEE.
But, after all, one must earn enough to pay for the garret; and I confess that to grow old as a private tutor--or a `private' anything--is almost as chilling to the imagination as a second secretaryship at Bucharest.
He perceived with a flash of chilling insight that in future many problems would be thus negatively solved for him; but as he paid the hansom and followed his wife's long train into the house he took refuge in the comforting platitude that the first six months were always the most difficult in marriage.
But I was conscious of a growing difference in her manner towards me; sometimes strong enough to be called haughty coldness, cutting and chilling me as the hail had done that came across the sunshine on our marriage morning; sometimes only perceptible in the dexterous avoidance of a tete-a-tete walk or dinner to which I had been looking forward.
USDA-ARS chemists wondered if chilling causes tomatoes to lose their flavor, making supermarket tomatoes bland.
Refrigeration system at Gowribidanur Chilling Centre
ACCU-CHILL [R] bottom-injection chilling system cryogenically chills proteins from the bottom of mixers/blenders.
When 2 d old, the sterile flies are "knocked down" by chilling (at 4[degrees]C) to allow their transfer to and storage within the aircraft used for the releases.
For example, though iron and copper have similar heat capacities, copper's significantly higher thermal conductivity leads many casting engineers to use it in chills for casting areas that require more aggressive chilling capabilities.
To the extent that courts and commentators have considered why speaker's intent should determine First Amendment protection, they have relied upon the chilling effect.