solid

adjective
sol·id | \ˈsä-ləd \

Definition of solid 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : being without an internal cavity a solid ball of rubber

b(1) : printed with minimum space between lines

(2) : joined without a hyphen a solid compound

c : not interrupted by a break or opening a solid wall

2 : having, involving, or dealing with three dimensions or with solids a solid configuration

3a : of uniformly close and coherent texture : not loose or spongy : compact

b : possessing or characterized by the properties of a solid : neither gaseous nor liquid solid waste

4 : of good substantial quality or kind solid comfort : such as

a : sound solid reasons

b : made firmly and well solid furniture

c : reliable a solid performer

5a : having no break or interruption waited three solid hours

b : unanimous had the solid support of the party

c : intimately friendly or associated solid with the boss

6a : prudent also : well established financially

b : serious in purpose or character

7 : of one substance or character: such as

a : entirely of one metal or containing the minimum of alloy necessary to impart hardness solid gold

b : of a single color

solid

noun

Definition of solid (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a geometrical figure or element (such as a cube or sphere) having three dimensions — see Volume Formulas Table

2a : a substance that does not flow perceptibly under moderate stress, has a definite capacity for resisting forces (such as compression or tension) which tend to deform it, and under ordinary conditions retains a definite size and shape

b : the part of a solution or suspension that when freed from solvent or suspending medium has the qualities of a solid usually used in plural milk solids of protein and lactose

3 : something that is solid: such as

a : a solid color

b : a compound word whose members are joined together without a hyphen

4 US slang : favor sense 3a Ted Evans might be one of those people. … "Can you do me a solid and watch my stuff?" he'll ask, returning the favor if anyone else needs to do the same.— Laylan Connelly So her husband did her a solid and dropped her off for the afternoon, where she was free to sketch some of the exhibits …— Steven Lemongello

solid

adverb

Definition of solid (Entry 3 of 3)

: in a solid manner also : unanimously

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Other Words from solid

Adjective

solidly adverb
solidness noun

Examples of solid in a Sentence

Adjective

Concrete is a solid material. When ice melts, it passes from a solid to a liquid form. I was on a liquid diet when I was sick because I couldn't digest solid food. I was glad to get off the plane and back on solid ground. The pond was frozen solid. The ring is solid gold. a chunk of solid marble I prefer solid colors like blue or green instead of plaids and stripes.

Noun

She couldn't eat solids after the surgery.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Led by the appealing Lisa Cordileone as Billie, the cast is solid, and funny one-liners are in abundance. David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, "Frameline offers movie feast during Pride Week," 14 June 2018 France yielded only two goals on its way to the ’98 title, anchored by a defense led by Thuram and the rock-solid Marcel Desailly, and a no-nonsense midfield paced by Deschamps and Christian Karembeu. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Le Bleuprint: France Follows Familiar World Cup Path in Reaching Final," 10 July 2018 Then the potent Belgian attack gradually faded as France's rock-solid defense handed Belgium its first shutout of the tournament. Mike Corder, chicagotribune.com, "Belgium's golden generation falls short again at World Cup," 10 July 2018 Keys to restoring trust include total honesty with voters, laying out the unvarnished needs, responsible and sensible solutions, and rock-solid measures of results and accountability. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 The names don’t blow your hair back, but the fits seem solid and the depth looks strong. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "In rare twist, Indiana Pacers are NBA free agency winners for once," 9 July 2018 Just as troubling for bankers: Broader economic data was solid and there weren’t obvious reasons for the decline. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "Business-Loan Drought Ends for Banks," 8 July 2018 The following morning our running shoes were frozen solid and a family member who will go unnamed burned their laces while defrosting their shoes over the flame of the stove. Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "When the Brooks family ventured to the Brooks Range for a summer adventure, winter reared its head," 1 July 2018 To spend big for Dragic, gamble big on Whiteside, arguably overpay for Waiters and the two Johnsons and rely on a roster replete with solid players and depth, but lacking a transformative star. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Here's how Miami Heat got stuck in NBA purgatory. Now, can Pat Riley find a way out?," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Strain the mixture into a container with a pour spout using a fine mesh sieve to remove any larger bits of coconut solids. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "This homemade coconut iced tea is positively dreamy," 27 June 2018 Strain syrup, discarding solids, and return to pot. Cindy Pawlcyn, Country Living, "Rhubarb and Ginger Sauce," 12 Apr. 2010 Condensed matter physics is the study of liquids and solids. New York Times, "David Pines, 93, Insightful and Influential Physicist, Dies," 11 May 2018 Whenever possible, replace liquids with powders or solids. Jada Yuan, New York Times, "How Do You Pack for a Yearlong Trip?," 27 June 2018 The Army is still working on a solution to a separate problem: rust and solids contaminating the mustard agent in some of the shells. Washington Post, "US resumes destroying obsolete chemical weapons in Colorado," 13 June 2018 The volume of those particles is an indicator of wastewater quality because solids suspended in water absorb light and then the water warms. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MMSD penalizes Veolia Water Milwaukee for discharge violations at Jones Island sewage plant," 27 Mar. 2018 The solution is centrifuged to separate the solids, leaving a clear liquid that is combined with Belle Meade Bourbon. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Common Good aims to create new cocktail culture in western suburbs," 13 July 2018 Using a slotted spoon, skim the solids from the top of the container and discard. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Tepache pineapple drink," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

She is booked solid until September, has garnered attention for her work, and boasts over 31,000 Instagram followers (@Hstylze). Meghan Bobrowsky, Philly.com, "At East Falls salon, Muslim women relax, uncover in comfort," 21 June 2018 The home’s foundation is rock solid, built on a series of 39-foot pilings, rebar and a concrete substructure. David Lyons, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boca waterfront mansion a finalist in HGTV's 'Ultimate House Hunt'," 18 June 2018 More on the Tigers: Starting off: Boyd’s night was relatively short, going only five innings, but it must be considered solid after throwing 36 pitches in the first. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers break through in eighth inning, beat Twins, 5-2," 13 June 2018 The glass is packed solid with crushed ice, and this makes the mighty maitai profitable. Stanton Delaplane, San Francisco Chronicle, "In a little grass shack, Stanton Delaplane, 1975," 9 May 2018 Much of the trash high on the peak—old ropes or other gear—is frozen solid into the mountain. Alan Arnette, Outside Online, "Everest Season Kicks into Gear," 13 Apr. 2018 Newcomers Emery Welshman and Blake Smith have scored FC Cincinnati's two goals this season, and new goalkeeper Evan Newton has been solid between the posts. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Dirty River Derby minus the drama? Louisville City FC downplays emotion of FC Cincinnati match," 5 Apr. 2018 A day after the Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers to complete a winless season, the lake was frozen solid around Greater Cleveland's shoreline. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Don't call Cleveland Councilman Joe Jones a prodigal son, he never really left: Phillip Morris," 7 Jan. 2018 A day after the Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers to complete a winless season, the lake was frozen solid around Greater Cleveland's shoreline. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Don't call Cleveland Councilman Joe Jones a prodigal son, he never really left: Phillip Morris," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of solid

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for solid

Adjective

Middle English solide, from Middle French, from Latin solidus; akin to Greek holos whole — more at safe

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More Definitions for solid

solid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of solid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: firm or hard : not having the form of a gas or liquid

: having no space inside : not hollow

: made entirely from the specified material

solid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of solid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a solid substance : a substance that is not a gas or a liquid

geometry : an object that has length, width, and height : a three-dimensional object

solids : foods that are not liquid

solid

adjective
sol·id | \ˈsä-ləd \

Kids Definition of solid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not hollow a solid ball of rubber

2 : not loose or spongy : compact a solid mass of rock

3 : neither liquid nor gaseous The water turned to solid ice.

4 : made firmly and well a solid chair

5 : being without a break, interruption, or change a solid yellow line I practiced for a solid hour.

6 : unanimous sense 1 The candidate had the solid support of her party.

7 : reliable, dependable a solid citizen solid advice

8 : of one material, kind, or color solid gold

Other Words from solid

solidly adverb The logs fitted solidly together at the corners. — Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie

solid

noun

Kids Definition of solid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something (as a cube) that has length, width, and thickness

2 : a substance that keeps its size and shape : a solid substance

solid

adjective
sol·id | \ˈsäl-əd \

Medical Definition of solid 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being without an internal cavity : not hollow solid tumors

2 : possessing or characterized by the properties of a solid : neither gaseous nor liquid

3 of immunity : capable of resisting severe challenge

Other Words from solid

solidly adverb

solid

noun

Medical Definition of solid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a substance that does not flow perceptibly under moderate stress, has a definite capacity for resisting forces (as compression or tension) which tend to deform it, and under ordinary conditions retains a definite size and shape

2 : the part of a solution or suspension that when freed from solvent or suspending medium has the qualities of a solid usually used in plural milk solids

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