solid

adjective
sol·​id | \ ˈsä-ləd How to pronounce solid (audio) \

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 pluralmilk 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 Masahiro Tanaka is solid, but things get shakier when the Yankees get into J.A. Happ and Jordan Montgomery territory. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Should Astros fans be rooting for the Yankees or Rays?," 9 Oct. 2020 Punter Kevin Huber has been solid as well, with a 41.5-yard net average and seven of his 16 kicks inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens vs. Bengals scouting report for Week 5: Who has the edge?," 8 Oct. 2020 The animation is stellar, the music is good, and the story is solid. Courtney Lanning, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | PLATFORM DIVING: Message in new ‘Digimon’ film is that everyone grows up," 8 Oct. 2020 The objects Abbe was holding were later found to be solid, metal rods sharpened into spikes, the review says. Jerzy Shedlock, oregonlive, "Prosecutor finds Vancouver police shooting of homeless man was justified," 8 Oct. 2020 Some car garage mats are solid in extra-long lengths so they can be cut to size. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best car garage mat," 7 Oct. 2020 Our relationship is otherwise solid, so there is no angsty punishment going on. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live (October 2)," 2 Oct. 2020 No position group on defense has been consistently solid through three games, much less shined. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Mike McCarthy, Cowboys players explain defense's historically bad start to season," 2 Oct. 2020 The defense was still solid, finishing No. 11 in defensive efficiency according to Bill Connelly's SP+ rankings. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's defensive line could be deeper — and better — in 2020, says Don Brown," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cleanup is a breeze: Discard any solids from the tray, tip splattered liquid down the drain, and rinse the whole thing with mild dish soap and warm water. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "5 Hassle-Free Ways to Clean Up After Pets—No Vacuum Required," 1 May 2020 Allow the mixture to infuse for 15 to 30 minutes, then strain out the ginger, pressing gently on the solids to squeeze out any remaining liquid. M. Carrie Allan, The Denver Post, "No alcohol, no problem: How to make complex, balanced zero-proof cocktails," 23 Aug. 2019 Purée until smooth, then strain the liquid, pressing on the solids with the back of a spoon or silicone spatula to extract as much liquid as possible; cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Saveur, "Leaf and Spear," 17 Mar. 2015 Right after eating, scrape whatever solids are left into the trash, including napkins. Los Angeles Times, "The best last-minute Mother’s Day gift? Do the dishes (and do them well)," 9 May 2020 Also called dry toilets, these act as their own processing facility, in which solids (including toilet paper) are deposited into a tank that also contains peat moss or coconut coir, a fiber from the outer husk of coconuts. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Portable Toilets Engineered for Emergency Relief," 5 May 2020 Finally, the last sensor identifies the shape and nature of any solids. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Finally, a Smart Toilet That Takes Photos of Your Butt," 7 Apr. 2020 Some of those improvements included projects such as inflatable dams to store wastewater or partially treating overflows by spinning them in a centrifuge to separate solids. Sarah Bowman, IndyStar, "The White River: Cleanup follows decades of civil rights abuses. Now who will benefit?," 2 May 2020 Consider vitamin D and iron; avoid bulky solids close to bottle times. Susan Reslewic Keatley, New York Times, "Formula Feeding: How Much and How Often to Feed Your Baby," 18 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The foundation of Terminal Ascent’s performance rests on three pillars: solid-shanked and bonded bullet construction, AccuChannel grooving, and the Slipstream polymer tip. Field & Stream, "Best of Both Worlds," 3 Aug. 2020 But it was nonetheless thought solid enough to be included in Mr Trump’s daily intelligence briefing dossier in late February. The Economist, "Russia allegedly offered bounties for killing American soldiers," 4 July 2020 The XPS 13 is a small, sleek, very solid-feeling laptop with a bright screen and very narrow bezels. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Dell XPS 13 and XPS 13 Developer Edition—side-by-side review," 2 June 2020 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

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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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Time Traveler for solid

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The first known use of solid was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Solid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solid. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for solid

solid

adjective
How to pronounce solid (audio)

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
: foods that are not liquid

solid

adjective
sol·​id | \ ˈsä-ləd How to pronounce solid (audio) \

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 How to pronounce solid (audio) \

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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