General English

General Science

  • noun a common infection in the nose


  • Describing a component, circuit, or device which is disconnected from a source of voltage. Also known as dead (1).
  • Describing a circuit or component which is at ground potential. Also known as dead (2).


  • noun an illness, with inflammation of the nasal passages, in which someone sneezes and coughs and has a blocked and running nose


  • adjective untraceable. The opposite of hot in its criminal sense, often applied to weapons or cars.
  • adjective bad. A vogue term in black speech and club-culture usage since the late 1990s. An intensified form is arctic.
  • adjective good


  • used to describe a wine that is served at such a low temperature that its aroma and flavour are hardly noticeable

Origin & History of “cold”

Cold is a word of ancient roots. It can be traced back to the Indo-European base *gel-, *gol-, which also produced Latin gelu ‘frost’, ultimate source of English congeal, gel, and jelly. Its prehistoric Germanic descendant was *kal-, *kōl-, from which English gets cool, probably chill, and, via a past participial adjective *kaldaz, cold. The noun use of the adjective dates back to Old English times, but the sense ‘viral infection of the nose, throat, etc’ is a 16th- century development.