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cold wave

noun
1.
Meteorology. a rapid and considerable drop in temperature, usually affecting a large area.
2.
a permanent wave in the hair set by special chemical solutions without the aid of any heating device.
Origin of cold wave
1875-1880
1875-80
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  • The warm temperatures which melt the snow may be followed by a cold wave, which may be greatly injurious to the plants.

  • Will it be as hot as the dickens; or are we in for a cold wave?

    Fast Nine Alan Douglas
  • Then, like a cold wave, surged over her a numbing sense of his position.

    Satan Sanderson Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Sometimes this fall is very marked, and then it is called a cold wave.

  • He was restrained only by the fear of perpetual blindness, which came over him in a sort of cold wave at each reaction.

    The Man Bram Stoker
  • A cold wave swept down my spine, and a sort of emptiness came to the pit of my stomach.

    In the Fog Richard Harding Davis
  • The minimum temperature had fallen to −21.8, as though a cold wave were passing over the country.

  • A white flag with a black square in the center means a cold wave.

    Reading the Weather Thomas Morris Longstreth
  • This was not exact, for Loveday had forgotten Mrs. Veale, but the rebuke drenched the impetuous girl like a cold wave.

    The White Riband Fryniwyd Tennyson Jesse
  • On the 26th the cold wave covered Florida, and temperatures below freezing were reported as far south as Tampa and Jupiter.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
British Dictionary definitions for cold wave

cold wave

noun
1.
(meteorol) a sudden spell of low temperatures over a wide area, often following the passage of a cold front
2.
(hairdressing) a permanent wave made by chemical agents applied at normal temperatures
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