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

But thankfully, creator and showrunner Rob Thomas did us a solid and gave a definitive answer in the final minutes. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Rob Thomas breaks down iZombie's happy ending — and why it's so different from Veronica Mars," 2 Aug. 2019 Currently, two other candidates have met just the donor requirement, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and entrepreneur Andrew Yang (who looked solid during his short time speaking during Wednesday's debate). Fortune, "Only Seven Democratic Candidates Say They Qualify for the Next Presidential Debate," 1 Aug. 2019 Some economists have questioned why the Fed is stimulating growth at a time when the economy looks solid, if not strong. Washington Post, "Federal Reserve cuts interest rate a quarter point in effort to keep economy on track," 31 July 2019 Some economists have questioned why the Fed is stimulating growth at a time when the economy looks solid, if not strong. oregonlive.com, "Fed cuts interest rates, signals it may cut again," 31 July 2019 The Jets' fourth-round pick in 2011 has established himself as a solid complementary back who can also do plenty of damage to defenses while catching passes out of the backfield. Dennis Waszak Jr., courant.com, "Jets’ versatile backfield bunch should see plenty of action," 29 July 2019 Pitching always is coveted at the deadline – starting pitching in particular – and Ray has had a solid, if unspectacular, season, posting a 3.95 ERA with 162 strikeouts in 123 innings. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "'We like our chances': Diamondbacks' win over Marlins doesn't silence trade rumors," 28 July 2019 Black leopards, which appear to be almost solid in color because their spots are hard to distinguish, are commonly called black panthers. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "What are Africa’s Big Five? Meet the continent’s most iconic wildlife," 26 July 2019 Defensive end Clelin Ferrell will have a solid if unspectacular rookie season. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ predictions: Brown and Jacobs produce, but a quiet farewell to Oakland," 23 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Customers can select from sectionals, slipcovers, midcentury styles, and more, and then customize the piece with vibrant patterns or simple solids. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Customizable furniture brand The Inside wants to sell you your dream sofa," 7 Aug. 2019 Butter is an emulsion of fat, water, and milk solids. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "What Is Clarified Butter, the Liquid Gold We’d Drink Straight?," 6 Aug. 2019 My plan going into solids was to offer a variety of foods of different flavors, textures, and colors, of varying degrees of nutritional content, and let my kid’s intuition be his guide. SELF, "I'm an R.D. Who Lets Her Kid Eat Dessert Before Veggies. Before You Judge Me, Hear Me Out," 5 July 2019 Particles in solids are usually tightly packed in a regular pattern. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "In and Out: Demonstrating Boyle's Law," 13 June 2019 Pour into the mixing bowl, whisking long enough to form a fairly smooth batter. Pour the batter through a fine-mesh strainer back into your large liquid measuring cup, discarding the solids. Bonnie S. Benwick, Twin Cities, "For a dose of comfort, make these classic cheese blintzes," 13 June 2019 In the park's most recent permit, the state increased or completely removed limits for several pollutants, including chlorine, oil and grease, and total suspended solids (solids in water that can be trapped by a filter), The Star found. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Worlds of Fun was sued for polluting. Then Missouri loosened its pollutant limits," 6 July 2018 But in space, gases, solids, and liquids can intertwine without gravity to separate them. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Space and booze, an anecdotal history," 6 July 2019 First, it is filled with gas bubbles; gases conduct heat less effectively than either liquids or solids, and trapping the gas in small bubbles prevents the gas from effectively transferring heat via convection. Meredith Fore, WIRED, "What Makes a Good Cooler (According to Physics)?," 3 July 2019

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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