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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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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The first known use of rigid was in the 15th century

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28 Jun 2020

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“Rigid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigid. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rigid

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


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


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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