Pronunciation Noun


  1. A moderate, but uncomfortable and penetrating coldness.
    There was a chill in the air.
  2. A sudden penetrating sense of cold, especially one that causes a brief trembling nerve response through the body; the trembling response itself; often associated with illness: fevers and chills, or susceptibility to illness.
    Close the window or you'll catch a chill.   I felt a chill when the wind picked up.
  3. An uncomfortable and numbing sense of fear, dread, anxiety, or alarm, often one that is sudden and usually accompanied by a trembling nerve response resembling the body's response to biting cold.
    Despite the heat, he felt a chill as he entered the crime scene.   The actor's eerie portrayal sent chills through the audience.   His menacing presence cast a chill over everyone.
  4. An iron mould or portion of a mould, serving to cool rapidly, and so to harden, the surface of molten iron brought in contact with it.
  5. The hardened part of a casting, such as the tread of a carriage wheel.
  6. A lack of warmth and cordiality; unfriendliness.
  7. Calmness; equanimity.
  8. A sense of style; trendiness; savoir faire.
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  1. Moderately cold or chilly.
    A chill wind was blowing down the street.
    • 1634, John Milton, “Arcades”, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, […] , London: Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moſely,  […], published 1645, OCLC 606951673 ↗:
      Noisome winds, and blasting vapours chill.
  2. Unwelcoming; not cordial.
    Arriving late at the wedding, we were met with a chill reception.
  3. (slang) Calm, relaxed, easygoing.
    The teacher is really chill and doesn't care if you use your phone during class.
    Paint-your-own ceramics studios are a chill way to express yourself while learning more about your date's right brain.
  4. (slang) "Cool"; meeting a certain hip standard or garnering the approval of a certain peer group.
    That new movie was chill, man.
  5. (slang) OK#Adjective|Okay, not a problem.
    "Sorry about that." "It's chill."
Translations Verb

chill (chills, present participle chilling; past and past participle chilled)

  1. (transitive) to lower the temperature of something; to cool
    Chill before serving.
  2. (intransitive) to become cold
    In the wind he chilled quickly.
  3. (transitive, metallurgy) to harden a metal surface by sudden cooling
  4. (intransitive, metallurgy) to become hard by rapid cooling
  5. (intransitive, slang) to relax, lie back
    Chill, man, we've got a whole week to do it; no sense in getting worked up.
    The new gym teacher really has to chill or he's gonna blow a gasket.
  6. (intransitive, slang) to "hang", hang out; to spend time with another person or group. Also chill out.
    Hey, we should chill this weekend.
  7. (intransitive, slang) to smoke marijuana
    On Friday night do you wanna chill?
  8. (transitive) to discourage, depress
    Censorship chills public discourse.
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Proper noun
  1. (computing) Acronym of CCITT High Level Language

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