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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of rigid in a Sentence

The patient's legs were rigid. He is a rigid disciplinarian.

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There’s nothing rigid or confining in its heights of refinement. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: Five Directors’ Outstanding First Features," 18 July 2019 But even before Brainiac (Blake Ritson) arrived, the show felt claustrophobic, with almost all the action relegated to a few sets that primarily showed off the city’s rigid caste system. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "In season 2, Krypton keeps viewers guessing," 12 June 2019 The night’s only Leaver, let’s call him James, stood rigid in his corner, like Oliver Cromwell fighting off the Cavaliers at the Battle of Gainsborough. Janine Di Giovanni, Town & Country, "Is Brexit Ruining London Dinner Parties?," 25 Feb. 2019 Oscar Nuñez also appears as her rigid, plotting lieutenant, along with Richard Gant as a teacher who taught Gabe and Christopher McDonald as a coach who says things that might be racist, but might not. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Review: It’s not just ‘Stranger Things.’ Two new Netflix sitcoms have a nostalgic streak too," 2 July 2019 Granted, this is not a feature unique to Panasonic, as most pro cameras are built to endure, but the Lumix S1 feels rigid, dense, and resilient in a way that really reassures me about its long-term durability. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Panasonic Lumix S1 review: the mirrorless heavyweight," 18 June 2019 After Artem Dzyuba's penalty had cancelled out the own goal from Sergei Ignashevich that opened the scoring, Russia spent most of the game on the defensive, maintaining a rigid structure that Spain's tiki-taka was powerless to penetrate. SI.com, "Stanislav Cherchesov Thanks Players for Trusting in Defensive Tactics After Famous Win Over Spain," 1 July 2018 Long before the rigid German airships that would bear his name patrolled the skies, a young Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin found early inspiration for his aeronautical adventures in downtown St. Paul. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Downtown St. Paul public art commemorates Zeppelin creator’s first hot-air balloon ride," 17 June 2019 Hawaii has some of the most rigid pet quarantine laws in the world. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Everything you need to know about travel with animals (and kids)," 16 June 2019

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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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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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