In a chilly economy, one degree can make a huge difference.
A Chilling Self-Portrait Emerges in Drownings
The Montgomery County man accused of drowning his three children one by one in a Baltimore hotel bathtub this year has told investigators that he used a stopwatch to time their 10-minute submersions and that the two older children, ages 4 and 6, struggled as he held them underwater, according to...
(By Dan Morse, The Washington Post)
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verb [I or T]
to (cause to) become cold but not freeze:
I've put the beer in the fridge to chill.
Chill the wine before serving.
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1 [S] a feeling of cold:
There was a chill in the air this morning.
2 [C] a slight fever:
Don't go out with wet hair, you might catch a chill.
3 [S] a sudden unpleasant feeling, especially of fear:
I suddenly realized, with a chill of apprehension, the danger of the task ahead.
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adjective (LITERARY chill)
(of weather, conditions in a room, or parts of the body) cold:
The bathroom gets chilly in the winter.
I felt a bit chilly so I put on a jacket.
a chilly October day
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a chilling tale
The monument stands as a chilling reminder of man's inhumanity to man.
- One of a series of steps in a process, course, or progression; a stage: proceeded to the next degree of difficulty.
- A step in a direct hereditary line of descent or ascent: First cousins are two degrees from their common ancestor.
- Relative social or official rank, dignity, or position.
- Relative intensity or amount, as of a quality or attribute: a high degree of accuracy.
- The extent or measure of a state of being, an action, or a relation: modernized their facilities to a large degree.
- A unit division of a temperature scale.
- Mathematics. A planar unit of angular measure equal in magnitude to 1/360 of a complete revolution.
- A unit of latitude or longitude, equal to 1/360 of a great circle.
- The greatest sum of the exponents of the variables in a term of a polynomial or polynomial equation.
- The exponent of the derivative of highest order in a differential equation in standard form.
- An academic title given by a college or university to a student who has completed a course of study: received the Bachelor of Arts degree at commencement.
- A similar title conferred as an honorary distinction.
- Law. A division or classification of a specific crime according to its seriousness: murder in the second degree.
- A classification of the severity of an injury, especially a burn: a third-degree burn.
- Grammar. One of the forms used in the comparison of adjectives and adverbs. For example, tall is the positive degree, taller the comparative degree, and tallest the superlative degree of the adjective tall.
- One of the seven notes of a diatonic scale.
- A space or line of the staff.
- Little by little; gradually.
- To a small extent; in a limited way: doesn't like spicy food, but can eat a little pepper to a degree.
[Middle English degre, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *dēgradus : Latin dē-, de- + Latin gradus, step.]