liquid

adjective
liq·​uid | \ ˈli-kwəd How to pronounce liquid (audio) \

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

Other Words from liquid

Adjective

liquidity \ li-​ˈkwi-​də-​tē How to pronounce liquid (audio) \ noun
liquidly \ ˈli-​kwəd-​lē How to pronounce liquid (audio) \ adverb
liquidness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for liquid

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But this is the first time the presence of large amounts of liquid water in below-ice sediments has been found. Katie Hunt, CNN, 5 May 2022 However, a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications suggests that liquid water might exist in lakes and pools much closer to Europa’s surface, where a spacecraft could more easily get at it. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 21 Apr. 2022 An icy shell that is miles thick covers the possible ocean, but new evidence suggests that the ice may also have shallow pockets of liquid water, reports Michelle Star for Science Alert. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Apr. 2022 With liquid water and a heat source, Enceladus is one of the most exciting places in the Solar Systems from an astrobiological point of view. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Any liquid water left in Pluto's interior is thought to exist near the dwarf planet's core and is unlikely to power cryovolcanism near its surface. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 4 Apr. 2022 Three things are needed for life: liquid water, an energy source and organic molecules – that is, molecules containing carbon. Vahe Peroomian, The Conversation, 4 Apr. 2022 The system converts the vapor to liquid water that is collected in a reservoir in the panel. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 Astronomers have found rocky exoplanets about the size of Earth, and some of them reside in the habitable zones of their stars, where conditions are just right for liquid water. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The electrolyte is made of a salt solution that is solid at ambient temperatures but becomes liquid when heated to 180 degrees Celsius—about the temperature at which cookies are baked. Anna Blaustein, Scientific American, 6 May 2022 Laminate doesn't need to be waxed or polished, so avoid anything that claims to enhance or restore shine because this liquid will just leave a residue that'll ultimately make your floors look dingy and dirty. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 5 May 2022 Ably Apparel uses Filium, an innovative liquid-repellent treatment that protects fabrics from stains, bacteria, and smells. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 4 May 2022 Increase heat to bring liquid to a brisk simmer and cook, stirring often, until reduced by about 80%, 2-3 minutes. Adina Steiman, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Speaking of cool, there are Tiki configurations that use both air and liquid cooling to vent these machines. Erik Kain, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Dramatic changes will increase once this melting point between frozen and liquid is hit. Lois Parshley, Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2022 The group worked together to smuggle liquid meth into the country to warehouses— first on Page Road in Aurora and later to one on Olde 8 Road in Hudson. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 3 May 2022 Double down with a monochromatic liquid lipstick and blush. ELLE, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 and Noun

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

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“Liquid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liquid. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for liquid

liquid

adjective
liq·​uid | \ ˈli-kwəd How to pronounce liquid (audio) \

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

liquid

adjective
liq·​uid | \ ˈlik-wəd How to pronounce liquid (audio) \

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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