rigid

adjective
rig·​id | \ ˈri-jəd How to pronounce rigid (audio) \

Definition of rigid

1a : deficient in or devoid of flexibility rigid price controls a rigid bar of metal
b : appearing stiff and unyielding his face rigid with pain
2a : inflexibly set in opinion
b : strictly observed adheres to a rigid schedule
3 : firmly inflexible rather than lax or indulgent a rigid disciplinarian
4 : precise and accurate in procedure rigid control of the manufacturing process
5 of an airship : having the outer shape maintained by a fixed framework

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Other Words from rigid

rigidly adverb
rigidness noun

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rigid, rigorous, strict, stringent mean extremely severe or stern. rigid implies uncompromising inflexibility. rigid rules of conduct rigorous implies the imposition of hardship and difficulty. the rigorous training of recruits strict emphasizes undeviating conformity to rules, standards, or requirements. strict enforcement of the law stringent suggests severe, tight restriction or limitation. stringent standards of admission

synonyms see in addition stiff

Examples of rigid in a Sentence

The patient's legs were rigid. He is a rigid disciplinarian.

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Always check that the glasses for your crew (or yourself) meet the rigid ANSI Z87 standard for impact protection. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Safety Glasses To Protect Your Peepers," 6 Nov. 2018 Royal weddings are typically a rigid, formal affair, with a ton of rules and formalities to follow. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How Princess Eugenie's Wedding Broke Royal Protocol," 13 Oct. 2018 Banks under $10 billion in assets would be exempt from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s qualified mortgage rule and its rigid underwriting standards and loan design. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Warren Democrats for Wall Street," 5 Mar. 2018 Hardwoods are stronger, more rigid and, not surprisingly, harder than softwoods. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Your Own Bed Frame," 21 Feb. 2019 Cut the two sides and front of the shelf from ¾-inch-thick hardwood to form a rigid frame. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 For too long, horror films have been defined by a rigid set of rules. Kellee Terrell, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jen McGowan's Feminist Horror Rust Creek Is Exactly What Hollywood Needs Right Now," 22 Jan. 2019 The problem with this black-and-white thinking is that having impossibly rigid standards doesn’t allow for any adaptation when life gets in the way. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "13 Mental Strategies to Help You Stick With Your New Exercise Routine," 4 Jan. 2019 The secret: hundreds of hollow, rigid spines lining the surface of the tongue, according to a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Science says your cat’s tongue is ideally suited for grooming fur," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of rigid

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rigid

Middle English rigide, from Latin rigidus, from rigēre to be stiff

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rigid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rigid

: not able to be bent easily
: not easily changed
: not willing to change opinions or behavior

rigid

adjective
rig·​id | \ ˈri-jəd How to pronounce rigid (audio) \

Kids Definition of rigid

1 : not flexible : stiff rigid plastic
2 : strict sense 2, severe rigid discipline

Other Words from rigid

rigidly adverb

rigid

adjective
rig·​id | \ ˈrij-əd How to pronounce rigid (audio) \

Medical Definition of rigid

: deficient in or devoid of flexibility : characterized by stiffness rigid muscles

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