Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Childly adjective Having the character of a child; belonging, or appropriate, to a child. Gower.

Childly adverb Like a child. Mrs. Browning.

Childness noun The manner characteristic of a child. [ Obsolete] "Varying childness ." Shak.

Children noun ; plural of Child .

Childship noun The state or relation of being a child.

Chilean adjective Of or pertaining to Chile.

Chilean noun A native or resident of Chile; Chilian.

Chilean pine (Botany) Same as Monkey- puzzle .

Chili noun [ Spanish chili , chile .] A kind of red pepper. See Capsicum [ Written also chilli and chile .]

Chiliad noun [ Greek ..., ..., from ... a thousand.] A thousand; the aggregate of a thousand things; especially, a period of a thousand years.

The world, then in the seventh chiliad , will be assumed up unto God.
Sir. T. More.

Chiliagon noun [ Greek ...; ... a thousand + ... angle.] A plane figure of a thousand angles and sides. Barlow.

Chiliahedron noun [ Greek ... a thousand + ... base, from ... to sit.] A figure bounded by a thousand plane surfaces [ Spelt also chiliaëdron .]

Chilian adjective Of or pertaining to Chili. -- noun A native or citizen of Chili.

Chilian, Chiliarch noun [ Greek ..., ...; ... a thousand + ... leader, ... to lead.] The commander or chief of a thousand men.

Chiliarchy noun [ Greek ....] A body consisting of a thousand men. Mitford.

Chiliasm noun [ Greek ..., from .... See Chiliad.]
1. The millennium.

2. The doctrine of the personal reign of Christ on earth during the millennium.

Chiliast noun [ Greek .... See Chiliasm .] One who believes in the second coming of Christ to reign on earth a thousand years; a millenarian.

Chiliastic adjective Millenarian. "The obstruction offered by the chiliastic errors." J. A. Alexander.

Chill (chĭl) noun [ Anglo-Saxon cele , cyle , from the same root as celan , calan , to be cold; akin to Dutch kil cold, coldness, Swedish kyla to chill, and English cool . See Cold , and confer Cool .]


1. A moderate but disagreeable degree of cold; a disagreeable sensation of coolness, accompanied with shivering. "[ A] wintry chill ." W. Irving.

2. (Medicine) A sensation of cold with convulsive shaking of the body, pinched face, pale skin, and blue lips, caused by undue cooling of the body or by nervous excitement, or forming the precursor of some constitutional disturbance, as of a fever.

3. A check to enthusiasm or warmth of feeling; discouragement; as, a chill comes over an assembly.

4. An iron mold or portion of a mold, serving to cool rapidly, and so to harden, the surface of molten iron brought in contact with it. Raymond.

5. The hardened part of a casting, as the tread of a car wheel. Knight.

Chill and fever , fever and ague.

Chill adjective
1. Moderately cold; tending to cause shivering; chilly; raw.

Noisome winds, and blasting vapors chill .
Milton.

2. Affected by cold. "My veins are chill ." Shak.

3. Characterized by coolness of manner, feeling, etc.; lacking enthusiasm or warmth; formal; distant; as, a chill reception.

4. Discouraging; depressing; dispiriting.

Chill transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Chilled (chĭld); present participle & verbal noun Chilling .]
1. To strike with a chill; to make chilly; to cause to shiver; to affect with cold.

When winter chilled the day.
Goldsmith.

2. To check enthusiasm or warmth of feeling of; to depress; to discourage.

Every thought on God chills the gayety of his spirits.
Rogers.

3. (Metal.) To produce, by sudden cooling, a change of crystallization at or near the surface of, so as to increase the hardness; said of cast iron.

Chill intransitive verb (Metal.) To become surface-hardened by sudden cooling while solidifying; as, some kinds of cast iron chill to a greater depth than others.

Chilled adjective
1. Hardened on the surface or edge by chilling; as, chilled iron; a chilled wheel.

2. (Paint.) Having that cloudiness or dimness of surface that is called " blooming ."

Chilli noun See Chili .

Chilliness noun
1. A state or sensation of being chilly; a disagreeable sensation of coldness.

2. A moderate degree of coldness; disagreeable coldness or rawness; as, the chilliness of the air.

3. Formality; lack of warmth.

Chilling adjective Making chilly or cold; depressing; discouraging; cold; distant; as, a chilling breeze; a chilling manner.

-- Chill"ing"ly , adverb

Chillness noun Coolness; coldness; a chill.

Death is the chillness that precedes the dawn.
Longfellow.

Chilly adjective Moderately cold; cold and raw or damp so as to cause shivering; causing or feeling a disagreeable sensation of cold, or a shivering.

Chilognath noun (Zoology) A myriapod of the order Chilognatha.

Chilognatha noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... lip + gna`qos Jaw.] (Zoology) One of the two principal orders of myriapods. They have numerous segments, each bearing two pairs of small, slender legs, which are attached ventrally, near together.

Chiloma noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... lip, from ... lip. See -oma .] (Zoology) The tumid upper lip of certain mammals, as of a camel.

Chilopod noun (Zoology) A myriapod of the order Chilopoda.

Chilopoda noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... lip + -poda .] (Zoology) One of the orders of myriapods, including the centipeds. They have a single pair of elongated legs attached laterally to each segment; well developed jaws; and a pair of thoracic legs converted into poison fangs. They are insectivorous, very active, and some species grow to the length of a foot.

Chilostoma, Chilostomata noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... + ..., ..., outh.] (Zoology) An extensive suborder of marine Bryozoa, mostly with calcareous shells. They have a movable lip and a lid to close the aperture of the cells. [ Also written Chillostomata .]

Chilostomatous adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the Chilostoma.

Chiltern Hundreds [ AS . Chiltern the Chiltern, high hills in Buckinghamshire, perhaps Fr. ceald cold + ern , ærn , place.] A tract of crown land in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, England, to which is attached the nominal office of steward. As members of Parliament cannot resign, when they wish to go out they accept this stewardship, which legally vacates their seats.

Chimango [ Native name] (Zoology) A south American carrion buzzard ( Milvago chimango ). See Caracara .

Chimb (chīm) noun [ Anglo-Saxon cim , in cimstān base of a pillar; akin to Dutch kim , f. Swedish kim ., German kimme f.] The edge of a cask, etc; a chine. See Chine , noun , 3. [ Written also chime .]

Chimb intransitive verb Chime. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Chime (chīm) noun [ See Chimb .] See Chine , noun , 3.

Chime (chīm) noun [ Middle English chimbe , prop., cymbal, Old French cymbe , cymble , in a dialectic form, chymble , French cymbale , Latin cymbalum , from Greek ky`mbalon . See Cymbal .]
1. The harmonious sound of bells, or of musical instruments.

Instruments that made melodius chime .
Milton.

2. A set of bells musically tuned to each other; specif., in the plural , the music performed on such a set of bells by hand, or produced by mechanism to accompany the striking of the hours or their divisions.

We have heard the chimes at midnight.
Shak.

3. Pleasing correspondence of proportion, relation, or sound. " Chimes of verse." Cowley.

Chime intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Chimed ; present participle & verbal noun Chiming .] [ See Chime , noun ]
1. To sound in harmonious accord, as bells.

2. To be in harmony; to agree; to suit; to harmonize; to correspond; to fall in with.

Everything chimed in with such a humor.
W. irving.

3. To join in a conversation; to express assent; -- followed by in or in with . [ Colloq.]

4. To make a rude correspondence of sounds; to jingle, as in rhyming. Cowley

Chime intransitive verb
1. To cause to sound in harmony; to play a tune, as upon a set of bells; to move or strike in harmony.

And chime their sounding hammers.
Dryden.

2. To utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically.

Chime his childish verse.
Byron.

Chimer noun One who chimes.

Chimera noun ; plural Chimeras . [ Latin chimaera a chimera (in sense 1), Greek ... a she-goat, a chimera, from ... he-goat; confer Icelandic qymbr a yearling ewe.]
1. (Myth.) A monster represented as vomiting flames, and as having the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon. "Dire chimeras and enchanted isles." Milton.

2. A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author. Burke.

Chimere noun [ Old French chamarre ., French simarre (cf. Italian zimarra ), from Spanish chamarra , zamarra , a coat made of sheepskins, a sheepskin, perhaps from Arabic sammūr the Scythian weasel or marten, the sable. Confer Simarre .] The upper robe worn by a bishop, to which lawn sleeves are usually attached. Hook.

Chimeric adjective Chimerical.

Chimerical adjective Merely imaginary; fanciful; fantastic; wildly or vainly conceived; having, or capable of having, no existence except in thought; as, chimerical projects.

Syn. -- Imaginary; fanciful; fantastic; wild; unfounded; vain; deceitful; delusive.

Chimerically adverb Wildy; vainly; fancifully.

Chimæra noun [ New Latin See Chimera .] (Zoology) A cartilaginous fish of several species, belonging to the order Holocephali. The teeth are few and large. The head is furnished with appendages, and the tail terminates in a point.

Chimæroid adjective [ Chimæra + old .] (Zoology) Related to, or like, the chimæra.