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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.
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 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.
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Of this scene, so chillingly in accordance with the past, Duncan stood for many minutes a rapt observer.
Then down they had come at last to hover over City Hall Park, and it had crept in upon his mind,, chillingly, terrifyingly, that these illuminated black masses were great offices afire, and that the going to and fro of minute, dim spectres of lantern-lit grey and white was a harvesting of the wounded and the dead.
Chillingly, one of them was a viable gun filled with ammunition.
But, unfortunately, the pitch black and chillingly cold site is off limits to the public and most of the alcohol is too strong to drink.
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10 RILLINGTON PLACE BBC4 10PM After Richard Attenborough's Westminster Abbey memorial earlier this month, how affecting to see this mild-mannered man so chillingly plausible as real-life killer John Reginald Christie.
Chillingly, children's voices can be heard as he rants.
Branson added that it's a chillingly businesslike concept to declare that a 3 percent death rate is an acceptable margin of error for a government, but not for a private entity.
In the end, there is perhaps less than meets the eye, but the complex tale of screwedup families and dark secrets is chillingly cool.
It becomes chillingly clear that nowhere in the city is safe.
And, chillingly, he said Bin Laden "fondly remembered" the names of the 19 men who carried out the 9/11 terror attacks on America.
Tabak, then a gangly 18-year-old loner, chillingly left one he had scarcely spoken to a message in her address book saying: "I love you."