rigid

play
adjective rig·id \ˈri-jəd\

Definition of rigid

  1. 1a :  deficient in or devoid of flexibility rigid price controls a rigid bar of metalb :  appearing stiff and unyielding his face rigid with pain

  2. 2a :  inflexibly set in opinionb :  strictly observed adheres to a rigid schedule

  3. 3 :  firmly inflexible rather than lax or indulgent a rigid disciplinarian

  4. 4 :  precise and accurate in procedure rigid control of the manufacturing process

  5. 5 of an airship :  having the outer shape maintained by a fixed framework

rigidly

adverb

rigidness

noun

Examples of rigid in a Sentence

  1. The patient's legs were rigid.

  2. He is a rigid disciplinarian.

Recent Examples of rigid from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rigid'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of rigid

Middle English rigide, from Latin rigidus, from rigēre to be stiff

Synonym Discussion of 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


RIGID Defined for English Language Learners

rigid

play
adjective

Definition of rigid for English Language Learners

  • : not able to be bent easily

  • : not easily changed

  • : not willing to change opinions or behavior


RIGID Defined for Kids

rigid

play
adjective rig·id \ˈri-jəd\

Definition of rigid for Students

  1. 1 :  not flexible :  stiff rigid plastic

  2. 2 :  strict 2, severe rigid discipline

rigidly

adverb

Medical Dictionary

rigid

play
adjective rig·id \ˈrij-əd\

Medical Definition of rigid

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up rigid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to counsel, recommend, or inform

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!