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

What this means for you: Commercial customers demand rock-solid reliability and security from their PCs, along with productivity. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel announces 8th-gen vPro processors for business notebooks with advanced security," 16 Apr. 2019 This acts like a magnet, pulling grime and gunk off your skin.a porous black solid, consisting of an amorphous form of carbon, obtained as a residue when wood, bone, or other organic matter is heated in the absence of air. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 On Wednesday, Windows Insider preview build 18898 revealed a small but exciting Task Manager improvement coming to a future version of Windows 10: The Performance tab will tell you if a disk is a solid-state drive or a slower mechanical hard drive. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Windows 10's latest Insider preview gives Task Manager a simple, stellar storage enhancement," 15 May 2019 Scientists now believe the asteroid is not quite solid, but rather a rubble pile of rocks loosely held together by their mutual gravity. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Finding Water on an Ancient Asteroid Means for Life on Earth," 2 May 2019 His ride was the space shuttle, whose combination of solid and liquid fuels will also be used by NASA’s forthcoming Space Launch System, which will carry humans to deep space. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Tourist's Guide to Space," 12 Mar. 2019 Though silly and fun, KSP also works as a reasonably solid and wonderfully interactive demonstration of the vagaries of orbital mechanics—and that, dear readers, gave us an idea. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Video: Astronaut Scott Kelly teaches orbital mechanics with Kerbal Space Program," 28 Dec. 2018 The thing is, all on its own, muscle fascia is pretty solid and not very pliable, Costa says. K. Aleisha Fetters, SELF, "Here’s What Foam Rolling Is Actually Doing When It Hurts So Good," 21 July 2018 Bumblebee is a legitimately solid movie that demonstrates how a good story, strong performances, and talented direction can make even the most outlandish premises work. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Bumblebee proves Transformers movies can actually be resonant and emotional," 20 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Among those solids is a controversial and possibly nonexistent theoretical one: the supersolid. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Bose Einstein condensate may reveal supersolid’s secrets," 28 Nov. 2018 The atoms in solids, such as silicon or diamond, are relatively stationary, but their crystalline order dramatically simplifies the equations necessary to understand their properties. James Kakalios, WSJ, "‘Liquid Rules’ Review: Going With the Flow," 7 Mar. 2019 If storing, before using, lightly whisk the mixture to bring back together any liquid and solids that may have separated. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 BECs are described as a fifth state of matter, separate from gases, liquids, solids and plasma. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "NASA has created the coldest spot ever," 9 Aug. 2018 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

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

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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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