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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COLD

You can't get them too cold for Perce at breakfast, nowadays.

When he awoke the cold light of the morning was stealing in.

It had grown much too cold to do without some sort of artificial covering.

Hunger and cold seemed to have driven them from their former homes.

Whole tribes and clans were wiped out by hunger and cold and want.

The struggle to keep alive during the cold period was terrible.

When it is cold, the dog finds a spot in front of the stove.

Because the weather was cold and wet, the ceremonies were conducted indoors.

She said all was cold in the church, and nothing to catch hold on there.

"He will not be here for his birthday," said Austin, in cold, even tones.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English cald (Anglian), ceald (West Saxon) "cold, cool" (adj.), "coldness," from Proto-Germanic *kaldaz (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon kald, Old High German and German kalt, Old Norse kaldr, Gothic kalds "cold"), possibly a past participle adjective of *kal-/*kol-, from PIE root *gel-/*gol- "cold" (cf. Latin gelare "to freeze," gelu "frost," glacies "ice").

Meaning "not strong" (in reference to scent) is 1590s, from hunting. Cold front in weather is from 1921. Cold-call in the sales pitch sense first recorded 1972. Japanese has two words for "cold:" samui for coldness in the atmosphere or environment; tsumetai for things which are cold to touch, and also in the figurative sense, with reference to personalities, behaviors, etc.

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