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

The national vacancy rate, 5 percent, is below the five-year average of 6.8 percent, suggesting that recent performance is solid despite years of extended demand for warehouse space. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As e-commerce booms, warehouses and industrial real estate extend hot streak," 3 Aug. 2018 Another tip: make a reservation for dinner at the tavern—a beloved local hangout—which serves simple, solid American food, much of it prepared with local ingredients and paired with Virginia wines. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.," 24 July 2018 There’s a good balance of solid food and a good atmosphere. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "Owners of Delia Foley's and Smaltimore to open new restaurant in Federal Hill," 13 July 2018 By naming his successor, Trump could leave an enduring mark on the court, giving it a solid five-justice conservative majority. Fortune, "Anthony Kennedy, Swing Vote on U.S. Supreme Court, Is Retiring," 27 June 2018 And she was born with a solid, attaining mind, able to excel in academic work. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Melania’s Misstep and Michelle’s Mystery," 15 Nov. 2018 But is meditation’s ubiquity based on rock-solid scientific research? Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Meditation Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Health," 11 Sep. 2018 Each kit comes with an interior galley kitchen featuring solid, marine-grade bamboo cabinetry, a bamboo and PaperStone countertop, and a cutlery drawer with soft close hardware. Megan Barber, Curbed, "DIY camper van: 5 affordable conversion kits you can buy now," 1 Aug. 2018 Broken down by party lines, even half of Republican respondents say there is solid evidence of global warming, while 90 percent of Democratic respondents believe the same, per the survey. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Republicans can't agree on this climate deal brokered by Obama," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That’s the region around a star where gases can condense into solids and water turns into snow and ice. Loren Grush, The Verge, "A cold ‘super-Earth’ may live around a nearby star," 14 Nov. 2018 Such saponified solids then act as sticky scaffold that glom onto sewer walls, grow, and snare other debris, slowly forming a monstrous mass. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "London museum is livestreaming a key 21st-century artifact—festering sewage," 18 Aug. 2018 That, at any rate, became her direction—articulating a vision of the world as so many containers rather than, as sculptors generally have, space-displacing solids. Eric Gibson, WSJ, "‘Rachel Whiteread’ Review: Where Memories Dwell," 2 Oct. 2018 Using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat coconut solids until soft peaks form. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Brands of Canned Coconut Milk," 4 Aug. 2018 The lightweight blankets are available in over 30 colors, from smokey heather to sunny yellow, as solids or with a herringbone pattern. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Throw Down," 23 Dec. 2011 Butter set over steady heat separates; left to sizzle, the milk solids toast in the milk fat, turning sweet, creamy butter into rich, nutty brown butter. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "In debate over butter vs. brown butter, brown butter wins in this lemon bar recipe," 7 June 2018 Brush pork all over with some of cider mixture, discarding solids. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Cider-Glazed Pork and Apples," 22 Sep. 2015 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

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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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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