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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Between 18 to 20 tanker trucks full of propellant filled six barges with the liquid oxygen and hydrogen in the days before the test. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA tests SLS rocket that will help Artemis astronauts reach the moon," 18 Mar. 2021 The atoms in this case are xenon—8.3 metric tons of it, kept in liquid form in a giant vat buried under a mile of rock to shield it from cosmic rays and other contamination. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, "Dark Matter’s Last Stand," 18 Mar. 2021 Clark explained how this works: Hydrazine in liquid form is passed over an agent called a catalyst, which breaks apart the chemical bonds holding the nitrogen-rich inorganic compound together. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Mars Perseverance rover landing happened; Ingenuity helicopter can fly on Mars," 16 Mar. 2021 The kimchi sour, for example, does not taste like kimchi in a liquid form. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "A new Bay Area brewery is making kimchi sours and other Korea-inspired beers - and doing it well," 5 Mar. 2021 Burning liquified natural gas and liquid oxygen, the ascent appeared to go smoothly, and as the rocket gained altitude, one engine, then two, shut down as planned. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX Starship prototype sticks landing, then explodes," 4 Mar. 2021 Others offer a softer texture for older dogs, or arrive in liquid form for easier camouflage in food. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best dog laxative," 28 Feb. 2021 Increasing their quantity might actually be desirable on a planet with very little atmosphere, especially if the inhabitants wanted to create an environment that could retain liquid water by doing some large-scale planetary engineering. Meghan Herbst, Wired, "Can Alien Smog Lead Us to Extraterrestrial Civilizations?," 4 Mar. 2021 Wheeler’s decision was specifically about fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, microscopic solid and liquid droplets less than one-thirtieth the width of a human hair. Gordon Russell, NOLA.com, "EPA refuses to reduce particulate pollution, linked by scientists to coronavirus deaths," 21 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Advanced reactors are cooled with other materials like molten salt, liquid sodium, or helium gas. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by Bipartisan Policy Center: Environmentalist skeptic makes case against advanced nuclear reactors," 18 Mar. 2021 One technology many have focused on is a solid-state battery in which the electrolyte that conducts the electric current is a solid, rather than a liquid as used in most batteries today. Scott Patterson, WSJ, "The Leaders in the Race to Build a Better EV Battery," 15 Jan. 2021 Instead of a pill or a shot, the drugs are a liquid given intravenously to prevent the coronavirus from invading cells. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Innovative COVID treatment, the antibody used by President Trump, arrives in South Florida," 5 Dec. 2020 Broth is really any liquid in which meat has been cooked. Cathy Jakicic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stocking up: Get the last bit of nutrition and flavor out of your Thanksgiving turkey," 24 Nov. 2020 Oh, usually the extremely hot thing will be a liquid—maybe like molten salt. Rhett Allain, Wired, "Everything You Need to Know About Energy," 10 Nov. 2020 Hydrocephalus means there is extra liquid in Drew’s brain. State Of Denial, ProPublica, "He Has a Developmental Disability. He Needs a Helper. Arizona Said He Could Wear Diapers Instead.," 6 Nov. 2020 The deathstalker’s venom also has the distinction of being the most expensive liquid in the world, at $39 million per gallon. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "The 12 Deadliest Insects in the World," 19 Oct. 2020 Water would need to be extremely briny to be a liquid at Mars’ south pole, which can reach negative 195 degrees Fahrenheit. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Briny Underground Lakes May Be All That Remain of Martian Ocean," 30 Sep. 2020

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

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2 Apr 2021

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“Liquid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liquid. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for liquid

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 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

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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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