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 In their new location, set the bulbs at the same level as before, and give the transplants a liquid organic feed. Washington Post, "A garden design expert’s new book offers a peek at some of Europe’s finest outdoor spaces," 5 May 2021 Within days of emerging, nestlings learn to defend themselves by hoisting their butts skyward and squirting liquid streams of feces at potential intruders. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "A Bird’s Stinky Egg Is Actually a Humble Brag," 4 May 2021 Faraday had used a liquid battery to send an electric current through a small coil. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Wireless Charging Isn't Magic. Here's How It Works.," 3 May 2021 The dry product is used at 40 pounds per 1,000 square feet, or use liquid molasses at about 1 cup per gallon of water. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "The softer, smarter approach to weed control," 3 May 2021 Clients, almost without exception, says Klein, place their liquid funds in portfolios that comprise three types of investments: government bonds, including munis; money-market funds; and investment-grade corporates. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Are CFOs flocking to Bitcoin? No way, says this high-level adviser," 3 May 2021 Its investments on behalf of insurers tend to be less liquid than standard-issue bonds and could be more difficult to unload in a market downturn. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "For Apollo’s New CEO, Insurance Is In—Racy Buyouts, Not So Much," 2 May 2021 Use the liquid fertilizer every four days for 12 days (three times). oregonlive, "Tips and tricks for growing healthy garlic plants: Ask an expert," 1 May 2021 Completely plastic-free and also nourishing with help from avocado oil and chamomile flower oil, this bar is the equivalent of two to three bottles of liquid shampoo. Akili King, Vogue, "8 of the Best Waterless Hair Care Products to Start a More Sustainable Routine," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and nestle the breasts in the cooking liquid, skin side up. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Trendy quesatacos, filled with chicken tinga, are crispy, juicy, messy, a little hot, and delicious," 4 May 2021 Place half the shrimp in the liquid, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook until the shellfish turn pink and the meat is just opaque throughout, about 2 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Shrimp and beer are the new tequila and tacos this Cinco de Mayo," 4 May 2021 Meaning, your oats soaked in liquid in the fridge will be chewy and not tough. Washington Post, "Get to know your oats, and all the types and ways to eat them," 12 Apr. 2021 Lastly, whisk in the reserved chickpea liquid until the paste has loosened, like a watery, chunky hummus. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pancakes for dinner? Try these crispy chickpea cakes adorned with lemony sour cream," 19 Mar. 2021 Pour in the reserved cooking liquid, bring to a simmer and cover. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "It's time for corned beef: Three super easy ways to prepare it," 13 Mar. 2021 Fully at-home tests, such as those made by Ellume and Abbott, require users to swab their noses and drop the swabs in a liquid. New York Times, "At-Home Covid Testing Is Here," 26 Feb. 2021 Arrange the beetroot, carrots, cucumber, needles and juniper berries at the bottom of the jar and pour in the pickling liquid. Lindsay Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, "You Can Eat Your Christmas Tree. Here’s How to Do It.," 30 Dec. 2020 If using tomato paste, add to pot before adding in liquid and allow to cook for a couple of minutes. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, "What Is a Dutch Oven — and How Do You Use It?," 22 Dec. 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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8 May 2021

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“Liquid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liquid. Accessed 18 May. 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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