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.
Recent Examples on the Web David King says the Speedster is as rigid as the Vantage. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 25 May 2021 Dozens of those now serving in his administration, however, were less rigid about separating themselves from energy giants. Michela Tindera, Forbes, 11 May 2021 To be rigid and closed off, fortresslike, spells doom. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, 6 May 2021 Leather sandals are notoriously rigid, but customers guarantee comfort with this orthotic, arch-supporting design. Emily Belfiore, Health.com, 28 Apr. 2021 That is not to say that scientists are emotionally rigid on Peterson’s spectrum. Alan Lightman, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2021 Less-rigid seating arrangements and the use of buffets are now allowed. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 June 2021 People shouldn’t have to choose between playing by these very rigid rules of how work happens or getting discarded. Amy Shoenthal, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Her usual voice was rigid and cold, often crackling with impatience. Rachel Heng, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021

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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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“Rigid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigid. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for rigid

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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