Definition of rigid
1a : deficient in or devoid of flexibility rigid price controls a rigid bar of metalb : appearing stiff and unyielding his face rigid with pain
2a : inflexibly set in opinionb : 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
Examples of rigid in a Sentence
The patient's legs were rigid.
He is a rigid disciplinarian.
Recent Examples of rigid from the Web
This is not to be confused with the grammar rules about the word barbecue – which are extremely rigid and important.
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That attitude seemed to be fairly common, with few fans holding rigid opinions about who the team should take.
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Babies born with congenital Zika syndrome often have severe microcephaly, diminished brain tissue and eye damage, as well as restricted joint movement and rigid muscle tone.
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Origin and Etymology of rigid
Middle English rigide, from Latin rigidus, from rigēre to be stiff
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of rigid
synonyms see in addition stiff
RIGID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rigid for English Language Learners
: not able to be bent easily
: not easily changed
: not willing to change opinions or behavior
RIGID Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of rigid
: deficient in or devoid of flexibility : characterized by stiffness rigid muscles
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