liquid

1 of 2

adjective

liq·​uid ˈli-kwəd How to pronounce liquid (audio)
1
: flowing freely like water
liquid detergent
2
: having the properties of a liquid : being neither solid nor gaseous
3
a
: 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
4
a
: 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
liquidity noun
liquidly adverb
liquidness noun

liquid

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noun

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

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
The wet Kleenex of reach-in coolers held cream cheese, liquid eggs, American cheese, tuna salad and house made chicken salad. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 18 Feb. 2024 Finding molecular water on Iris and Massalia, in particular, suggests liquid water can exist for eons on space rocks in the inner solar system—contrary to previous assumptions that any water would have evaporated from these asteroids under the heat of the sun. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024 Recalling the crushed ice of his childhood, molded into ice pops and sold by bicycle vendors in Kerala, India, his coconut crystals — coconut water, coconut milk and a touch of cardamom, all blended with liquid nitrogen — are embedded with mango gelée and candied basmati rice puffs. New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 In a significant breakthrough that could reshape the landscape of battery technology, researchers at the University of Liverpool have unveiled a novel solid-electrolyte material capable of conducting lithium ions at a speed equal to that of liquid electrolytes. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Feb. 2024 After letting the liquid cure in molds that included two hollow airways, the team then attached the snack to a coffee mug-like holder. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 15 Feb. 2024 Intuitive Machine’s mission this evening required special adjustments from SpaceX due to IM’s propulsion system, which requires a mixture of liquid oxygen and liquid methane. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 Beyond investigating their size, scientists are also digging into the chemistry of airborne particles, which, unlike other regulated pollutants such as lead and ozone, encompass a wide array of solid and liquid particles from soot to nitrate. Virginia Gewin, Scientific American, 8 Feb. 2024 Spend an afternoon at the high-elevation hacienda of legendary liquid storyteller, Pepe Moquillaza, who is credited with popularizing the pisco sour internationally and has honed the craft of creating exquisite natural wines. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 7 Feb. 2024
Noun
For example, don't use a hair dryer, and avoid inserting cotton swabs and other objects into the connector to try to absorb any liquid, the company said. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 21 Feb. 2024 Many people opt to wear postpartum underwear for the first four to six weeks after giving birth since these types of underwear help absorb more liquids. Nikita Charuza, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024 The unique pad design traps debris, dust, dirt, and grime thanks to the powerful suction, while also absorbing liquids. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 16 Feb. 2024 Regurgitation can feel like burning, warm liquid built up in the throat and the back of the mouth. Mark Gurarie, Health, 15 Feb. 2024 Instant espresso powder lends big flavor while dissolving seamlessly into a blend of Worcestershire sauce, liquor, and vinegar to create a braising liquid that easily tenderizes the tough cut. Inés Anguiano, Bon Appétit, 13 Feb. 2024 The comfort of this soup comes from keeping all the essential ingredients of the traditional one-pot beef recipe (tender beef sirloin, mushrooms, and egg noodles) but adding more liquid to the irresistible savory base. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Feb. 2024 That means that sweet tea brine will not necessarily add the flavor of tea so much as add sugar, liquid, acids, and tannins that can help tenderize the ham and enhance its inherent good flavor. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 5 Feb. 2024 Humans, who lack specialized skin receptors for moisture, also tell when objects are wet largely by how the liquid conducts temperature away from their skin. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Liquid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liquid. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

liquid

1 of 2 adjective
liq·​uid ˈlik-wəd How to pronounce liquid (audio)
1
: flowing freely like water
2
: neither solid nor gaseous
liquid mercury
3
: resembling liquid in clearness or smoothness
large liquid eyes
liquid notes of a bird
4
: capable of being pronounced without friction and longer than usual like a vowel
the liquid consonant \l\
5
: made up of or easily changed into cash
liquid assets
liquidity noun
liquidly adverb

liquid

2 of 2 noun
1
: a liquid consonant
2
: a liquid substance

Medical Definition

liquid

1 of 2 adjective
liq·​uid ˈlik-wəd How to pronounce liquid (audio)
1
: flowing freely like water
2
: having the properties of a liquid : being neither solid nor gaseous

liquid

2 of 2 noun
: 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

Legal Definition

liquid

adjective
liq·​uid
1
a
: 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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