|1.||moderately cold: a cool day|
|2.||comfortably free of heat: a cool room|
|3.||producing a pleasant feeling of coldness: a cool shirt|
|4.||able to conceal emotion; calm: a cool head|
|5.||lacking in enthusiasm, affection, cordiality, etc: a cool welcome|
|6.||calmly audacious or impudent|
|7.||informal (esp of numbers, sums of money, etc) without exaggeration; actual: a cool ten thousand|
|8.||(of a colour) having violet, blue, or green predominating; cold|
|9.||(of jazz) characteristic of the late 1940s and early 1950s, economical and rhythmically relaxed|
|10.||informal sophisticated or elegant, esp in an unruffled way|
|11.||informal excellent; marvellous|
|12.||not standard in a cool manner; coolly|
|13.||coolness: the cool of the evening|
|14.||slang calmness; composure (esp in the phrases keeporlose one's cool)|
|15.||slang unruffled elegance or sophistication|
|—vb (usually foll by down |
|16.||to make or become cooler|
|17.||to lessen the intensity of (anger or excitement) or (of anger or excitement) to become less intense; calm down|
|18.||slang (usually imperative) cool it to calm down; take it easy|
|19.||cool one's heels to wait or be kept waiting|
|[Old English cōl; related to Old Norse kōlna, Old High German kuoli; see |
Also, cool off.
Effect a lower temperature, especially of the body following vigorous exercise. For example, After a race the coach makes the entire team do stretches to cool down, or Let's take a dip to cool off. These phrases date from a.d. 1000 with reference to the weather or cooking (as in First let the eggs cool off). The first gained renewed currency with the exercise boom of the late 1900s.
See cool off, def. 2.