Yesterday it proved to be passengers and flight crew—involving acts of instinctive bravery and coolness.
The remoteness, the coolness, the lecturing style is now a liability.
But as Homer Simpson suggests, coolness is generally considered one of those slippery “I know it when I see it” concepts.
The concept of coolness is evolving toward something more friendly and less detached.
Kevin Rudd is possibly the world leader in most dire need of an Obama-fueled coolness boost.
Immediately on entering there is a coolness and a resonance as of a sepulchre.
The savages were overawed by the coolness and courage of this intrepid officer.
“Ya-as, Cappin,” drawled out the lieutenant, with a coolness strongly in contrast with his excited manner on entering the glade.
He was bold as a lion, and never once lost his coolness, his firmness, or his decision.
On four occasions he had been aware that his life was hanging by a thread, and had gloried in his own coolness.
Old English col "not warm" (but usually not as severe as cold), also, of persons, "unperturbed, undemonstrative," from Proto-Germanic *koluz (cf. Middle Dutch coel, Dutch koel, Old High German kuoli, German kühl "cool," Old Norse kala "be cold"), from PIE root *gel- "cold, to freeze" (see cold (adj.)).
Applied since 1728 to large sums of money to give emphasis to amount. Meaning "calmly audacious" is from 1825. Slang use for "fashionable" is 1933, originally Black English; modern use as a general term of approval is from late 1940s, probably from bop talk and originally in reference to a style of jazz; said to have been popularized in jazz circles by tenor saxophonist Lester Young. Related: Coolly.
c.1400, "coldness, coolness," from cool (adj.). Meaning "one's self-control, composure" (the thing you either keep or lose) is from 1966.
Old English colian, "to lose warmth," also figuratively, "to lose ardor," from the root of cool (adj.). Meaning "to cause to lose warmth" is from late 14c. Related: Cooled; cooling.