solid-state

adjective sol·id-state \ ˌsä-ləd-ˈstāt \

Definition of solid-state

1 : relating to the properties, structure, or reactivity of solid material; especially : relating to the arrangement or behavior of ions, molecules, nucleons, electrons, and holes in the crystals of a substance (such as a semiconductor) or to the effect of crystal imperfections on the properties of a solid substance
  • solid-state physics
2 a : utilizing the electric, magnetic, or optical properties of solid materials
  • solid-state circuitry
b : using semiconductor devices rather than electron tubes
  • a solid-state radio

First Known Use of solid-state

circa 1951

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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