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 liquidity (audio) \ noun
liquidly \ ˈli-​kwəd-​lē How to pronounce liquidly (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 Money-market funds, which lend to businesses overnight, struggled to stay liquid. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Banks Could Prove Weak Partner in Coronavirus Recovery," 24 Apr. 2020 The Guard described this previously unheard-of rocket as using both liquid and solid fuel. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: A new Starship moves to the pad, Iran’s surprise launch," 24 Apr. 2020 Our engine involves a phase of matter called many-body localization (MBL)—a variation on the more familiar phases liquid, solid and gas. Nicole Yunger Halpern, Scientific American, "Quantum Steampunk: 19th-Century Science Meets Technology of Today," 18 Apr. 2020 In the bowels of Midtown Manhattan, a trio of embryos sit in a vat of liquid nitrogen. Anna Hecker, New York Times, "What Should I Do with My Unused Embryos?," 15 Apr. 2020 Each serving of gelato ($6.50) is spun to order, with the help of liquid nitrogen. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tua Pasta, in the former John Hawks space in downtown Milwaukee, is making noodles and gelato," 31 Jan. 2020 Then rinse with a sanitizing solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Power out? Here's what to do with refrigerated and frozen foods," 22 July 2019 If the mixture looks too thick, cover the pot, or add more liquid. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Lentils, Rice, Caramelized Onions and a Dinner to Remember," 30 Mar. 2020 Make sure your emergency fund is liquid and carries no risk. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "Here's how to use your $1,200 stimulus check from the government's coronavirus relief package," 29 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Remove cheesecloth and strain the blended vegetables into a second pot, squeezing out as much liquid from the vegetable mush as possible. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Smokin’ Revolver’s .38 Special BBQ Sauce," 18 May 2020 Roll up each dish towel lengthwise and squeeze to absorb excess liquid. Alexa Weibel, New York Times, "How to Preserve and Store Your Hearty Greens," 14 May 2020 The amount of extra liquid that’s needed for evaporation depends on how long the rice needs to cook. oregonlive, "Pantry cooking basics: Are you using too much water when you cook rice?," 11 Apr. 2020 Colloidal silver liquid containing silver particles can, in fact, be dangerous to your health, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Feds order Alex Jones to stop selling phony coronavirus cures," 10 Apr. 2020 Note: If the leather car seats have perforations, use as little liquid as possible. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Car's Interior Like a Pro, Including Dirty Car Seats," 31 Mar. 2020 In the case of oil, that’s done with heat, where the liquid crude converts to gases that then condense back to liquids. Alex Davies, Wired, "The Cold, Hard Work of Delivering Oxygen to Ventilators," 19 Apr. 2020 Since the tariffs apply only to liquids as they are imported into American warehouses, ultra-luxe labels that move slower won’t rise in cost until the current stocks—already sitting on domestic shelves—are depleted. Brad Japhe, Bloomberg.com, "In the Face of New, 100% Tariffs, What Spirits to Stock Up On Now," 13 Feb. 2020 Jennifer Aniston, 50, follows the diet too, with the actress sticking to liquids like coffee and green juices in the morning. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb Weigh Themselves on Live TV Before Starting Intermittent Fasting," 18 Nov. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for liquid

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

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9 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Liquid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liquid. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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liquid

adjective

Financial Definition of 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.

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liquidity

noun

Financial Definition of liquidity

What It Is

Liquidity is the ability to sell an investment at or near its value.

How It Works

Let’s say you take an old painting from the attic to the local filming of Antiques Roadshow. The expert says your painting is worth $50,000. Surprise!

That’s great news, except that it could take months to find a buyer, and the buyer may only want to pay $35,000 or $40,000. Your painting, while valuable, isn’t very liquid. That is, you can’t convert it to $50,000 very quickly or easily. Houses aren’t very liquid, either. They too can take months to sell, and buyers often don’t pay the sticker price.

Why It Matters

Liquidity is a factor of supply and demand for a security. But it is also affected by the size of the original issue and the time since the original issue -- the smaller the number of securities out there or the longer the securities have been out there, the less liquid they tend to be.

Most people consider the size of the bid/ask spread as indicative of a security's liquidity -- the larger the spread, the less liquid (and thus the riskier) the security is. For example, let’s assume you are watching Company XYZ stock. If the bid price is $50 and the ask price is $51.50, then the bid-ask spread is $1.50. This spread may be high or low depending on what the spread typically is for Company XYZ stock. An increasing spread denotes increasing liquidity risk, and vice versa. In the worst-case scenario, liquidity risk makes it possible that the investor could take a loss if he or she has to sell the investment quickly.

All investments have liquidity risk. This is important to understand, because liquidity risk can compound other problems for investors. For example, if the investor is unable to liquidate his or her position, this may keep him from meeting debt obligations (that is, the liquidity risk increases the investor's credit risk). Buy-and-hold investors face less liquidity risk because they are generally not interested in buying and selling securities quickly. This is particularly true for buy-and-hold bond investors, who are simply waiting for their bonds to mature and are not concerned with interim price movements.

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liquid

adjective
How to pronounce liquid (audio)

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

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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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