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Can you please fill in the blank?

Hot is to heat as cold is to....

In other words, what is the noun for "cold"?

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Cold. Zero-derivation. It's pretty frequent in English. – John Lawler Apr 26 '13 at 22:19
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It's cold. That is, the noun has the same form as the adjective.

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So the same way I can say "I burnt some wood to generate heat." I can say "I set up the AC to generate some cold"? It just sounds weird – CodyBugstein Apr 26 '13 at 22:28
You could say that, or you could use coolness. Your "weird" sentence is grammatically correct. However if that's the sentence you had in mind with your question then you should have stated it there. – Andrew Leach Apr 26 '13 at 22:29
It wasn't specifically that sentence. I'm just trying to pick your brain more – CodyBugstein Apr 26 '13 at 22:32
Heat is definable physically; the noun is arguably abstract, but somewhere near the concrete end of the spectrum. Cold is, I would argue, nearer the abstract end - it is not physically definable. The adjectives hot and cold refer to temperatures of masses, not directly to their heat contents. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 26 '13 at 22:45
The heat in Death Valley is too much for me. The cold in Antarctica is too much for me. – Peter Shor Apr 26 '13 at 23:00

If you were looking for a verb, then I suggest chill

You can heat something and you can chill something

You cannot cold something

I personally prefer chill to cool in this situation - in my opinion cold is to the verb cool as hot is to the verb warm.

  • He heated the object until it was red hot
  • He chilled the object until it was ice cold

as opposed to

  • He warmed the object until it was room temperature
  • He cooled the object until he could touch it
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Yes good point! I was looking for the noun specifically, but there's a verb missing in our vocabulary too.... – CodyBugstein Apr 26 '13 at 22:27
or cool works too. – Jim Apr 26 '13 at 22:51
See my changes. – mplungjan Apr 25 '15 at 14:09

To cool is the verb that you want. Hot is to heat as cold is to cool. And there is an answer from a really chilled out cool dude.

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Yeah, see my additions to my answer – mplungjan Apr 25 '15 at 14:10

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