rigid

adjective
rig·​id | \ ˈri-jəd \

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

Choose the Right Synonym for rigid

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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To recover its past glories, the team repeatedly turned to pragmatic coaches who loaded the squad with players who would dutifully work within a rigid system. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Annoying Genius Who Makes the World Cup Worth Watching," 5 July 2018 But since Chicago’s streets are laid out in a rigid grid system, the tracks had to be built with 90-degree corners, which cuts into speed and requires the system to use short, narrow cars, Plous said. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Elon Musk plans to develop an express train to O'Hare. But why can't the Blue Line be improved?," 18 June 2018 Its rigid grid system, featuring a large central plaza and blocks arrayed around it, became the model for the cuadrícula española, or Spanish grid, that would be promulgated up and down the Americas. Jason Farago, New York Times, "How Latin America Was Built, Before Modernism Came Along," 18 Apr. 2018 But there is a new century and a new monarch in Great Britain, and social change is occurring at a revolutionary pace that is rattling the nation’s rigid class system. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stunning new ‘Howards End’ connects with social change," 4 Apr. 2018 The Focus feels incredibly lightweight when positioned correctly, combining a rigid frame with a floating band design that reminds me of Sony’s PlayStation VR. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "HTC Vive Focus hands-on impressions: No-PC, no-wires VR at a too-steep price," 9 Nov. 2018 Yet, in the current delicate balance of the Supreme Court, his rigid ideology will tip the scales of justice against the kind of country America is and ought to be. Fox News, "Levin: Democrats and the judicial confirmation process," 24 Sep. 2018 Modeling has historically relied on a rigid set of ideals of beauty: thin, able-bodied, white, and tall. Edward Lampley, Teen Vogue, "What It's Like to Be a Disabled Model in the Fashion Industry," 5 Sep. 2018 The calcium in dairy helps bring blood pressure down, and fermented foods like yogurt may make blood vessels less rigid. Aviva Patz And Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "10 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure," 20 Aug. 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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of rigid 

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

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