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chilling (comparative more chilling, superlative most chilling)

  1. Becoming cold.
    • 1936, Djuna Barnes, Nightwood, Faber & Faber 2007, p. 22:
      As they reached the street the ‘Duchess’ caught a swirling hem of lace about her chilling ankles.
  2. Causing cold.
  3. Causing mild fear.
    It was a chilling story, but the children enjoyed it.
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[1]
      Displaying a sturdy professionalism throughout that stops just short of artistry, director Gary Ross, who co-scripted with Collins and Billy Ray, does his strongest work in the early scenes, which set up the stakes with chilling efficiency.




  1. present participle of chill

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chilling (plural chillings)

  1. The act by which something is chilled.
    • 2004, Timothy D. J. Chappell, Reading Plato's Theaetetus, page 73:
      To such perceivings we give names like these: seeings, hearings, smellings, chillings and burnings, pleasures and pains, desires []