Cool a. [Compar. Cooler superl. Coolest.]
1. Moderately cold; between warm and cold; lacking in warmth; producing or promoting coolness.
Fanned with cool winds. --Milton.
2. Not ardent, warm, fond, or passionate; not hasty; deliberate; exercising self-control; self-possessed; dispassionate; indifferent; as, a cool lover; a cool debater.
For a patriot, too cool. --Goldsmith.
3. Not retaining heat; light; as, a cool dress.
4. Manifesting coldness or dislike; chilling; apathetic; as, a cool manner.
5. Quietly impudent; negligent of propriety in matters of minor importance, either ignorantly or willfully; presuming and selfish; audacious; as, cool behavior.
Its cool stare of familiarity was intolerable. --Hawthorne.
6. Applied facetiously, in a vague sense, to a sum of money, commonly as if to give emphasis to the largeness of the amount.
He had lost a cool hundred. --Fielding.
Leaving a cool thousand to Mr. Matthew Pocket. --Dickens.
Syn: -- Calm; dispassionate; self-possessed; composed; repulsive; frigid; alienated; impudent.
Cool, n. A moderate state of cold; coolness; -- said of the temperature of the air between hot and cold; as, the cool of the day; the cool of the morning or evening.
Cool, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cooled p. pr. & vb. n. Cooling.]
1. To make cool or cold; to reduce the temperature of; as, ice cools water.
Send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue. --Luke xvi. 24.
2. To moderate the heat or excitement of; to allay, as passion of any kind; to calm; to moderate.
We have reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts. --Shak.
To cool the heels, to dance attendance; to wait, as for admission to a patron's house. [Colloq.]
Cool, v. i.
1. To become less hot; to lose heat.
I saw a smith stand with his hammer, thus,
the whilst his iron did on the anvil cool. --Shak.
2. To lose the heat of excitement or passion; to become more moderate.
I will not give myself liberty to think, lest I should cool. --Congreve.
adj 1: neither warm or very cold; giving relief from heat; "a cool
autumn day"; "a cool room"; "cool summer dresses";
"cool drinks"; "a cool breeze" [ant: warm]
2: marked by calm self-control (especially in trying
circumstances); unemotional; "play it cool"; "keep cool";
"stayed coolheaded in the crisis"; "the most nerveless
winner in the history of the tournament" [syn: coolheaded,
3: (color) inducing the impression of coolness; used especially
of greens and blues and violets; "cool greens and blues
and violets" [ant: warm]
4: psychologically cool and unenthusiastic; unfriendly or
unresponsive or showing dislike; "relations were cool and
polite"; "a cool reception"; "cool to the idea of higher
taxes" [ant: warm]
5: used of a number or sum and meaning without exaggeration or
qualification; "a cool million bucks"
6: fashionable and attractive at the time; often skilled or
socially adept; "he's a cool dude"; "that's cool"; "Mary's
dress is really cool"; "it's not cool to arrive at a party
n 1: the quality of being cool; "the cool of early morning"
2: great coolness and composure under strain; "keep your cool"
[syn: aplomb, assuredness, poise, sang-froid]
v 1: make cool or cooler; "Chill the food" [syn: chill, cool
down] [ant: heat]
2: loose heat; "The air cooled considerably after the
thunderstorm" [syn: chill, cool down] [ant: heat]
3: lose intensity; "His enthusiasm cooled considerably" [syn: cool
off, cool down]