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

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. See More
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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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More Definitions for solid

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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