liquid

adjective
liq·​uid | \ˈli-kwəd \

Definition of liquid 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : flowing freely like water liquid detergent

2 : having the properties of a liquid : being neither solid nor gaseous

3a : shining and clear large liquid eyes

b : being musical and free of harshness in sound the liquid song of the robin

c : smooth and unconstrained in movement the liquid grace of a ballerina

d : articulated without friction and capable of being prolonged like a vowel a liquid consonant

4a : consisting of or capable of ready conversion into cash liquid assets

b : capable of covering current liabilities (see liability sense 2) quickly with current assets

liquid

noun

Definition of liquid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a liquid consonant

2 : a fluid (such as water) that has no independent shape but has a definite volume and does not expand indefinitely and that is only slightly compressible

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Other Words from liquid

Adjective

liquidity \li-​ˈkwi-​də-​tē \ noun
liquidly \ˈli-​kwəd-​lē \ adverb
liquidness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for liquid

Synonyms: Adjective

flowing, fluent, fluid

Antonyms: Adjective

hard, nonliquid, solid

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Examples of liquid in a Sentence

Adjective

Water and milk are liquid substances. The medicine is available in liquid form. She had large liquid eyes. the liquid notes of a bird the liquid grace of the dancer's movements

Noun

Water and milk are liquids. a bottle of green liquid
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But this was my highest-ever candy spend: $33 for a mere five Kit Kat bars... that had just been ordered to my customizations and doused in a bath of liquid nitrogen. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 2018 For cleansing her face and body, a droplet of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap goes a long way. Gray Chapman, SELF, "How Hikers Do Skin-Care on Long Backpacking Trips," 28 July 2018 The first patent for liquid soap was issued to William Shepphard in 1865. Tyler Watamanuk, New York Times, "When Did Soap, Once Simple, Get So Complicated?," 11 July 2018 Among her latest additions to her line are an eye shadow primer, liquid liner, two eye shadow brushes and a new eye shadow palette, all launching next week. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Rihanna Named a New Fenty Beauty Eyeliner After One of Her Most Epic Twitter Clapbacks Ever," 26 June 2018 The fog of ice cream: liquid nitrogen at Creamistry Advertisement Creamistry, a liquid-nitrogen ice cream shop, is coming to Fort Worth, with a location due to open in May in the Left Bank shopping center. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Fog, flowers, more crazy shakes: What's new and offbeat in DFW ice-cream shops," 20 June 2018 Finally, here are a couple of the club’s ideas that control insects in home gardens: Organic soap and oil spay Combine one cup of vegetable oil with one tablespoon of liquid soap. Aileen Simons, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Many ways for northwest suburban residents to honor Earth Day," 4 Apr. 2018 To make your own, add 1 tablespoon liquid soap (such as Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap or Ivory dish soap) to 1 quart water. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Turn your flower garden green this St. Patrick's Day | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Mar. 2018 The most effective beetle control is drowning him in a cup of water with a bit of liquid soap. Janet Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Roses are easy - if done right. Here are foolproof tips to follow for your Kentucky garden," 23 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At this point, stir in the beans and the remaining carrots; if there’s not enough liquid to cover them, add more stock or water. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Taking stock: The story of an accidental, excellent post-Thanksgiving recipe," 14 Nov. 2018 In addition to curbing its social media activity, Juul plans to stop selling nicotine liquids with flavors like mango, fruit and creme at bricks-and-mortar stores. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Juul Says It Will Quit Social Media," 13 Nov. 2018 Some of the manual interventions by workers—like clearing liquid from sputtering wells—cause extra leakage that obviously occurs during workday hours. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "How leaky is natural gas production? One puzzle solved," 2 Nov. 2018 To speed things up, MacFarlane and his colleagues are toying with their ionic liquids. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 While waiting for first-responders arrive, the patient should stay at a cool, shady spot and drink room-temperature liquids. Maria Elena Vizcaino, OrlandoSentinel.com, "With the heat index rising, here's how to stay cool this summer," 22 June 2018 Don’t be scared by the idea of liquid in your computer—all-in-one coolers are sealed, dead simple to install, and don’t require regular maintenance. 5. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "5 smoking-hot deals on PC components and peripherals," 29 Aug. 2018 To use, draw up the liquid in the vial with a syringe and inject it into a large muscle, such as an arm, butt or thigh. Tessie Castillo, SELF, "Here’s How to Use the Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone," 26 July 2018 Pekoske promoted Precheck, an expedited program where travelers who get a background check and pay $85 for five years are allowed to keep on their jackets and shoes at checkpoints, and leave laptops and small containers of liquids in carry-on bags. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "TSA: Friday airline passengers will near record with more than 2.6 million projected," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of liquid

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for liquid

Adjective

Middle English, from Middle French liquide, from Latin liquidus, from liquēre to be fluid; akin to Latin lixa water, lye, and perhaps to Old Irish fliuch damp

Noun

see liquid entry 1

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The first known use of liquid was in the 14th century

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liquid

adjective

Financial Definition of liquid

What It Is

Liquid refers to the ability to transfer hard assets to cash or the state of being in a position where one has sufficient cash on hand to accommodate any and all necessary financial obligations.

How It Works

Market liquidity is a financial phrase that describes the possibility of converting an asset to cash within a short period of time with minimal transaction costs while not affecting the price integrity of the asset itself.

Accounting liquidity is very similar but references the ability of a business to meet its ongoing obligations by having sufficient cash on hand to meet the demands of its creditors.

Bank liquidity refers to the ability of a bank or banks to meet the demands of its depositors. As the banking system is highly gicd, it does not have on hand all of the cash deposited in its system.  Rather, the bank has its capital invested or on loan elsewhere, which is how the bank generates its income. Called fractional-reserve banking, banks loan out money based on the amount of deposits they have. What they keep in the physical bank to meet the normal demands of depositors is called the reserve, which is only a fraction of what the bank lends out. Maintaining the reserve at optimal levels is referred to as bank liquidity. Without safeguards for liquidity in place, a "bank run" can incur, which any banking system wants to avoid at any cost.

Why It Matters

Any entity which needs to generate and use capital, whether it be a bank, a household, or a business, must have the proper balance between income producing assets and liquid assets such as cash which produce no income. Holding illiquid assets can be a problem when cash is quickly needed.  The consequences can be having to sell valuable assets at a time when the market is not liquid and income or value will be lost.

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liquidity

noun

Financial Definition of liquidity

What It Is

Liquidity is the ability to sell an investment at or near its value.

How It Works

Let’s say you take an old painting from the attic to the local filming of Antiques Roadshow. The expert says your painting is worth $50,000. Surprise!

That’s great news, except that it could take months to find a buyer, and the buyer may only want to pay $35,000 or $40,000. Your painting, while valuable, isn’t very liquid. That is, you can’t convert it to $50,000 very quickly or easily. Houses aren’t very liquid, either. They too can take months to sell, and buyers often don’t pay the sticker price.

Why It Matters

Liquidity is a factor of supply and demand for a security. But it is also affected by the size of the original issue and the time since the original issue -- the smaller the number of securities out there or the longer the securities have been out there, the less liquid they tend to be.

Most people consider the size of the bid/ask spread as indicative of a security's liquidity -- the larger the spread, the less liquid (and thus the riskier) the security is. For example, let’s assume you are watching Company XYZ stock. If the bid price is $50 and the ask price is $51.50, then the bid-ask spread is $1.50. This spread may be high or low depending on what the spread typically is for Company XYZ stock. An increasing spread denotes increasing liquidity risk, and vice versa. In the worst-case scenario, liquidity risk makes it possible that the investor could take a loss if he or she has to sell the investment quickly.

All investments have liquidity risk. This is important to understand, because liquidity risk can compound other problems for investors. For example, if the investor is unable to liquidate his or her position, this may keep him from meeting debt obligations (that is, the liquidity risk increases the investor's credit risk). Buy-and-hold investors face less liquidity risk because they are generally not interested in buying and selling securities quickly. This is particularly true for buy-and-hold bond investors, who are simply waiting for their bonds to mature and are not concerned with interim price movements.

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liquid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of liquid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of flowing freely like water : not a solid or a gas

: shining and clear

: clear, smooth, and pleasant in sound

liquid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of liquid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance that is able to flow freely

liquid

adjective
liq·​uid | \ˈli-kwəd \

Kids Definition of liquid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : flowing freely like water liquid detergent

2 : neither solid nor gaseous

3 : clear and smooth or shining liquid eyes

4 : made up of or easily changed into cash liquid investments

liquid

noun

Kids Definition of liquid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance that flows freely like water

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liquid

adjective
liq·​uid | \ˈlik-wəd \

Medical Definition of liquid 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : flowing freely like water

2 : having the properties of a liquid : being neither solid nor gaseous

liquid

noun

Medical Definition of liquid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a fluid (as water) that has no independent shape but has a definite volume and does not expand indefinitely and that is only slightly compressible

liquid

adjective
liq·​uid

Legal Definition of liquid 

1a : consisting of cash or capable of ready conversion into cash liquid assets

b : capable of covering current liabilities out of current assets especially in a rapid manner a liquid insurer

2 : of or relating to a security or commodity with enough shares or units outstanding to hinder significant price variation from large transactions

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