ri·​gid·​i·​ty | \ rə-ˈji-də-tē How to pronounce rigidity (audio) \
plural rigidities

Definition of rigidity

1 : the quality or state of being rigid
2 : one that is rigid (as in form or conduct)

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Examples of rigidity in a Sentence

sometimes the rigidity of the headmaster's discipline was deemed excessive by even much of the faculty
Recent Examples on the Web Just as if Harry Kane was missing from the attacking quartet, Maguire’s potential admission is a huge blow for the defensive rigidity of the team. Liam Canning, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Who isn’t tired of the rigidity of routine social isolation, fear of sickness, safety protocols—not to mention the exhausting debate over which safety measures are and aren’t necessary? Adrian Gostick, Forbes, 11 May 2021 So much about the Masters shouldn’t appeal to me, or to just about anyone: Its rigidity, its exclusivity, its willingness to condone both in the name of tradition. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 6 Apr. 2021 There's a rigidity, with only one speaker at a time. Lisa M. Krieger, Star Tribune, 26 Mar. 2021 This not only adds rigidity, but helps dampen out motor vibration. Bob Beacham, chicagotribune.com, 23 Feb. 2021 But after Alabama emerged from the 2020 season with a perfect record and the school’s 18th national championship despite unprecedented disruptions, Saban could be rethinking some of the rigidity within his program. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 6 May 2021 To test their model, Ivanova and her team irradiated bacteria with microwaves to generate cells that had different levels of membrane rigidity. Trevor Quirk, Scientific American, 5 Mar. 2013 In dissolving the rigidity of the late-capitalist fervour for work, the personal and the professional can finally cease to be warring factions. Elizabeth Uviebinené, refinery29.com, 25 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of rigidity

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rigidity was in 1624

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7 Jun 2021

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“Rigidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigidity. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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ri·​gid·​i·​ty | \ rə-ˈjid-ət-ē How to pronounce rigidity (audio) \
plural rigidities

Medical Definition of rigidity

: the quality or state of being rigid: as
a : abnormal stiffness of muscle muscle rigidity symptomatic of Parkinson's disease— Diane Gershon
b : emotional inflexibility and resistance to change


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