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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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The water appeared gelid and pewtergrey, its surface puckered by rushes of wind.
La densidad constituye una de las propiedades fisicas de la madera y de ella depende la mayoria de sus caracteristicas fisicas y mecanicas (Coronel, 1995), como la densidad aparente de la madera, es decir, la relacion del peso al volumen de la muestra de madera sin descontar los espacios huecos (Pereyra y Gelid, 2002).
Moore saw a vicious volley ricochet off a defender before Francis did well to pluck Jordan Wakeling's goalbound header out of the gelid Leicestershire air.
The Thar Project is going to have massive environmental implications that are going to place Pakistan in the eyes of a world that views 'dirty coal' use for power generation with a gelid eye.
El jueves 24 de octubre, el Frente Popular realizo un cierre de campana con una caravana de gran convocatoria en la ciudad y con el respaldo del ministro de la Produccion de la provincia, Luis Gelid, y la candidata a senadora del Frente Popular en segundo termino, Norma Isabel Fuentes.
People in this film constantly gaze out of windows, seen from outside, and the incipiently wintry scenes that they observe, beyond fogged and frozen glass, seem not idealizations into which they might dream of escaping but zones of gelid malevolence, of dispersed and multiple loci of unthinkable evil.
His housekeeper Adelina, too, mentions his age, chiding him for his morning swim in gelid waters "all'eta ca avi vossia, certe spirituzze nun l'avi cchiu a fari" [at your age, signore, you got no business doin' them kinda things] (30).
Healy, citing Brian Vickers, notes the decadence and corruption of the wood, regarding the retirement to the wood by the poetic "I" in a classical context, an example of the vices of inertia and luxuria, while the "careless" treading on gelid strawberries suggests the moral heedlessness of the narrator (179).
After a day spent on the world's finest beach (I say this without fear of any dissent from this readership) and even taking a refreshingly swift dip in the gelid waves, which is always a shock to the system, I was very much in the mood for devouring as many of the sea's inhabitants as Sim's menu would allow.
Crystal Cruises' Serenity will connect Alaska to New York City, through the gelid waters of the legendary Northwest Passage.
usually associated with sad birds Overnight frosts bit by bit abate; sjuwk srjang sraw- sjew gjet [one text reads "fragrant"] Gelid light blended in faint blur.