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 Outsiders who have long despaired of German rigidity find themselves in the strange position of being surprised on the upside. The Economist, "Hey, big spenders Germany opens the money tap," 11 June 2020 Played by Hugh Jackman as a sinner clinging to illusions of sainthood, Tassone cuts a striking figure across Bad Education, a dark glimmer in his eye and a certain rigidity to his pressed suits and slicked-back hair. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to stream (and skip) on HBO and Apple TV+ this weekend," 24 Apr. 2020 This demand complicated the process, since the molds had to be cured to create rigidity and remove toxins. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Attackers can bypass fingerprint authentication with an ~80% success rate," 8 Apr. 2020 There’s probably a better definition of unschooling, but there’s no rigidity to it. Bethany Heitman, Health.com, "Alanis Morissette is Breastfeeding on Our May Cover—and It's a Tribute to Moms Everywhere," 7 Apr. 2020 Beefier underbody bracing increases rigidity, while stiffer and shorter springs lower the TRD 0.6 inch and sturdier anti-roll bars keep things level, upping roll stiffness 44 percent in the front and 67 percent in the rear. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "2020 Toyota Camry TRD: Family Car or Track Star?," 14 Feb. 2020 But because of the rigidity of the government visa policies, nearly all of them are unable to do so. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Hospitals Are Inundated. Some Foreign-Born Health Workers Are Blocked From Helping.," 13 Apr. 2020 But Wright’s austere design firmly rejected the neoclassical rigidity and ornamentation of the White City. Christopher Benfey, Harper's magazine, "Burning Down the House," 25 Nov. 2019 Julian Fellowes, Oscar-winning savant of the British costume drama, loves to spin tales of silken-frocked young women chafing against the rigidity of their respective eras. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Belgravia': TV Review," 10 Apr. 2020

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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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18 Jun 2020

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“Rigidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigidity. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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