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 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 14-inch, 1920x1080-resolution panel shines bright at a solid 300 nits, providing plenty of extra screen space for multi-tasking, but the 1.3 lb. Adam Patrick Murray, PCWorld, "Lenovo's ThinkVision M14 is a compelling thin-and-light USB-C monitor for ThinkPad fans," 26 Feb. 2019 Toews and DeBrincat also have been solid this year, but one of the biggest keys to Chicago’s turnaround has been its depth scoring. Jay Cohen, The Seattle Times, "Blackhawks winning again behind Kane, improved power play," 10 Feb. 2019 Pininfarina's long history and new owner give it a solid shot at forcing its way into a competitive market. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Pininfarina's Back With a $2 Million Electric Hypercar," 14 July 2018 Sheikh Ahamd has developed a solid power base since taking over ANOC as the interim president in 2012. Stephen Wade, The Seattle Times, "Olympic ‘kingmaker’ Sheikh Ahmad leaves to handle court case," 28 Nov. 2018 In none other than a string bikini that showed off the pop icon’s rock solid abs and supernaturally toned physique. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Celebrates Her 49th Birthday With a Jaw-Dropping Ab Reveal on Instagram," 25 July 2018 But while economic growth appears solid, the gains have been spread unevenly. Josh Boak, BostonGlobe.com, "US economy added 213,000 jobs in June," 6 July 2018 But while economic growth appears solid, the gains have been spread unevenly. Josh Boak, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. added 213,000 jobs in June; unemployment rose to 4 percent," 6 July 2018 At the same time, there’s solid evidence that reducing access to guns decreases the risk of suicide. German Lopez, Vox, "Guns killed more people than car crashes in 2017," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When a material is cooled enough to form solids, its molecules get bonded in tight arrays. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 And, as solids can be built up by layering multiple sheets, there's also flexibility in how neighboring sheets line up. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018 To give you some background, candles are usually made from paraffin wax or soy wax, both of which are solids that act as the fuel for candle flame. Sam Gutierrez, House Beautiful, "Are Your Favorite Candles Slowly Poisoning You?," 26 Dec. 2018 Mix and match the pieces with solids for a more subtle effect. Caitlin King, The Seattle Times, "5 office essentials for a more fashionable fall," 1 Oct. 2018 The oval canvas, less than two feet high, commands our attention with its faultless sense of tone, its expressive massing of solids, its unexpected color, and all the rest of Chardin’s formidable arsenal of formal inventions. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "A Scene Beyond Time," 24 Aug. 2018 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

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
: 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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