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

clear, crystal, crystal clear, crystalline, limpid, lucent, pellucid, see-through, transparent

Antonyms: Adjective

cloudy, opaque

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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

Second, adding more liquid to existing wetness doesn't solve the problem but can actually exacerbate it — particularly if long hair covers the ears, preventing them from ever fully drying out. Houston Chronicle, "Vicks VapoRub for poison ivy itch," 8 July 2018 Dissolve the salt in the lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup, then add the black pepper and oil, whisking to form an emulsified dressing. Emily Horton, charlotteobserver, "Four steps to making a great grain salad, every time," 19 June 2018 Reducing the sample cup’s size brought its bottom closer to the probe’s tip and diluting the blood created more liquid to work with. John Carreyrou, WIRED, "A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture," 21 May 2018 Masha’s body softened at these words, became heavier and more liquid somehow. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wolves," 2 Apr. 2018 The cartels were shipping the drug out in liquid form, which is easier to conceal during smuggling. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "Meth, ‘the Devil’s drug,’ is back and killing more people than ever," 4 July 2018 That stuff is liquid gold and leaves my hair nourished without the greasy feeling. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "Five Editors Reveal Their Favorite Combinations of Curly-Hair Products," 2 July 2018 Kerry Washington The always-elegant Washington was gilded perfection in a liquid gold Ralph Lauren gown. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Met Gala 2018: Best dressed looks from Rihanna, Amal Clooney, Lena Waithe and more," 8 May 2018 Add them to the Dutch oven with some of their pasta water (aka liquid gold), butter, and cherry tomatoes. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "Make Malfatti: Fluffy Ricotta Dumplings That Are So Much Easier Than Gnocchi," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Apple Inc. expects cheaper liquid-crystal displays to make up a greater proportion of new iPhones than analysts had previously expected. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Samsung Estimates Operating-Profit Growth at 5%, Short of Expectations," 5 July 2018 Surrealist touches in the Monday show — from the sound of buzzing insects to faces obscured by flowers, and padlocks — proliferated in designs that moved from narrow fitted jackets for daywear to smoldering liquid satin draping for the night. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior celebrates the atelier, draws celebs to Paris couture," 2 July 2018 Cook, swirling pan occasionally, until liquid is reduced by half, 7–8 minutes. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appetit, "Instant Pot Glazed and Grilled Ribs," 25 June 2018 In the absence of gravity, the bubbles will remain in the liquid—even though they have been forced away from the catalyst itself. Charles W. Dunnill, Scientific American, "Method of Making Oxygen from Water in Zero Gravity Raises Hope for Long-Distance Space Travel," 10 July 2018 Store artichokes and fennel in the liquid in the refrigerator until ready to use. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "After an epic ecological comeback, the local, versatile rockfish has become a restaurant rock star," 27 June 2018 Turn of the heat; let the lentils cool in their cooking liquid. Emily Horton, charlotteobserver, "Four steps to making a great grain salad, every time," 19 June 2018 Inside the trash bag were more documents submerged in a liquid. CBS News, "Was revenge the motive behind Omaha stabbing deaths?," 2 June 2018 Moving through the village, north to south, soldiers doused houses in a flammable liquid and then set fire to the bamboo thatch, villagers said. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘We’ll Turn Your Village Into Soil’: Survivors Recount One of Myanmar’s Biggest Massacres," 11 May 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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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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