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Definition of "chill" []

  • A moderate but penetrating coldness. (noun)
  • A sensation of coldness, often accompanied by shivering and pallor of the skin. (noun)
  • A checking or dampening of enthusiasm, spirit, or joy: bad news that put a chill on the celebration. (noun)
  • A sudden numbing fear or dread. (noun)
  • Moderately cold; chilly: a chill wind. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "chill" in a sentence
  • "That's not required in Maryland, Virginia or the District, yet a chill is already affecting local sales."
  • ""Hardly," she said, her voice and her expression chill."
  • "As we stepped through the glass front doors, the chill from the air-conditioning slapped me like I'd mouthed off."