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

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My denim pieces are laser engraved with patterns of dense city landscapes that suggest an overbearing sense of rigidity. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Recent SCAD Grads and Fashion Designers Brandon Skipper, Linden Grace Colby, Haley Emerson, and Darren Apolonio Discuss The Current State of Fashion," 3 July 2019 Cellulose, the most abundant organic polymer on earth, is a major component of plant cell walls; lignin fills the spaces in those walls, providing strength and rigidity. Javier Garcia Martinez, Scientific American, "Bioplastics Could Solve a Major Pollution Problem," 1 July 2019 Readers listed several constraints that prevent this hypothetical mathematical bridge from physically extending to infinity: wind, nonuniformity, lack of infinite precision, the elasticity or lack of rigidity of the blocks and the table, etc. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Hanging Far Out Over the Edge’," 2 Dec. 2016 The simplicity, rigidity, and precision of Final’s E5000 design gives me confidence that these earphones will last a long time. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Final E5000 review: delicate bass cannons," 11 June 2019 Also like the Ram, the Sierra is comparatively lighter overall (up to 360 pounds) with greater torsional rigidity. Dan Neil, WSJ, "A Luxury Truck Showdown: Ram 1500 vs. GMC Sierra," 11 Oct. 2018 The struts add rigidity to the frame and help prevent swaying and wobbling. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Treehouse in the Backyard," 23 Jan. 2019 Ultimately, the risk is an excess of political correctness and perceived rigidity. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "The still-raging controversy over Al Franken’s resignation, explained," 21 May 2018 If using softwood, such as pine or cedar, consider cutting the parts slightly thicker and wider to give the bed frame the necessary strength and rigidity. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Your Own Bed Frame," 21 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of rigidity

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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