chill1 [tʃıl] n
1.) [singular]
a feeling of coldness
There was a slight chill in the air .
morning/autumnal/January etc chill
Suddenly aware of the morning chill, she closed the window.
chill of
He sat in the chill of the evening, staring out over the city below.
I turned on the heater in the hall to take the chill off the house (=to heat it slightly) .
a sudden feeling of fear or worry, especially because of something cruel or violent
The sound of his dark laugh sent a chill through her.
chill of fear/apprehension/disquiet etc
Fay felt a chill of fear as she watched Max go off with her daughter.
There was something in his tone that sent a chill down Melissa's spine (=made her very frightened) .
an illness which causes a slight fever, headache, and ↑shivering (=slight shaking of the body)
Let's get these wet clothes off you before you catch a chill .
b) [C usually plural]
a feeling of being cold, caused by being ill
chill 2
chill2 v
[Date: 1300-1400; Origin: chile 'coldness' (11-15 centuries), from Old English cele]
1.) [I and T]
if you chill something such as food or drink, or if it chills, it becomes very cold but does not freeze
a glass of chilled white wine
Spoon the mixture into a pudding basin and chill for at least two hours.
The longer this salad chills, the better the flavour.
2.) also chill out [i]informal
to relax completely instead of feeling angry, tired, or nervous
'Hold it! Just chill for a second, won't you!'
I spent the afternoon chilling out in front of the TV.
3.) [T]
to make someone very cold
The wind blew across her body, chilling her wet skin.
chilled to the bone/marrow
(=extremely cold)
Come and sit by the fire - you look chilled to the bone.
4.) [T] literary
to suddenly frighten someone, especially by seeming very cruel or violent
The anger in his face chilled her.
chill sb to the bone/chill sb to the marrow/chill sb's blood
(=frighten somebody a lot)
He jerked his head round and saw something that chilled his blood.
chill 3
chill3 adj [usually before noun]
unpleasantly cold
the chill night air
a chill wind

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