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liquid

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adjective liq·uid \ˈli-kwəd\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of liquid

  1. 1 :  flowing freely like water liquid detergent

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

  3. 3a :  shining and clear large liquid eyesb :  being musical and free of harshness in sound the liquid song of the robinc :  smooth and unconstrained in movement the liquid grace of a ballerinad :  articulated without friction and capable of being prolonged like a vowel a liquid consonant

  4. 4a :  consisting of or capable of ready conversion into cash liquid assetsb :  capable of covering current liabilities (see liability 2) quickly with current assets

liquidity

play \li-ˈkwi-də-tē\ noun

liquidly

play \ˈli-kwəd-lē\ adverb

liquidness

noun

Examples of liquid in a Sentence

  1. Water and milk are liquid substances.

  2. The medicine is available in liquid form.

  3. She had large liquid eyes.

  4. the liquid notes of a bird

  5. the liquid grace of the dancer's movements

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Origin and Etymology of liquid

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

noun liq·uid

Definition of liquid

  1. 1 :  a liquid consonant

  2. 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

  1. Water and milk are liquids.

  2. a bottle of green liquid

Recent Examples of liquid from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of liquid

see 1liquid

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Financial Definition of LIQUID

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.



LIQUID Defined for English Language Learners

liquid

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adjective

Definition of liquid for English Language Learners

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

  • : shining and clear

  • : clear, smooth, and pleasant in sound

liquid

noun

Definition of liquid for English Language Learners

  • : a substance that is able to flow freely


LIQUID Defined for Kids

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liquid

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adjective liq·uid \ˈli-kwəd\

Definition of liquid for Students

  1. 1 :  flowing freely like water liquid detergent

  2. 2 :  neither solid nor gaseous

  3. 3 :  clear and smooth or shining liquid eyes

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


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liquid

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noun liq·uid

Definition of liquid for Students

  1. :  a substance that flows freely like water


Medical Dictionary

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liquid

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adjective liq·uid \ˈlik-wəd\

Medical Definition of liquid

  1. 1:  flowing freely like water

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


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liquid

noun liq·uid

Medical Definition of liquid

  1. :  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


Law Dictionary

liquid

adjective liq·uid

Legal Definition of liquid

  1. 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. 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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