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

Experts believe Pyongyang has been test-firing much more technologically advanced weaponry than seen in previous years, including solid-fuel missiles that are easy to deploy on short notice and one that may have been able to maneuver in-flight. Ryan Browne, CNN, "North Korea launches more short-range missiles, according to US assessment," 23 Aug. 2019 The menu holds other solid options scattered among more than 50 dishes. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Aldaco’s Mexican Cuisine restaurant is mid-level Mexican food in San Antonio’s Stone Oak," 22 Aug. 2019 This year’s Colonels team should be solid, as well. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "St. Thomas, Deerfield lead preseason Broward County football rankings," 20 Aug. 2019 Indeed, a strong argument can be made that the solid, reticent Mitchell and not the diva-like Holbrooke was the premier American diplomatic negotiator of the past four decades, though to be sure Holbrooke makes far better copy. David Rieff, Harper's magazine, "An American in the Treetops," 19 Aug. 2019 Of course, none of this incident-through-talk approach would work if not for the beyond-solid cast. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mindhunter' Season 2: TV Review," 15 Aug. 2019 When superstar linebacker Khalil Mack held out for a new contract a year ago, the super-solid citizen and model teammate was dismissed by Gruden as a non-essential player, then traded for draft picks. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Antonio Brown floats onto Raiders’ stage with a thud. What’s next?," 14 Aug. 2019 Redshirt freshman Nakia Watson and fifth-year senior Bradrick Shaw are getting long looks Fullbacks John Chenal and Mason Stokke should be solid options. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How does Wisconsin's personnel stack up halfway through training camp?," 10 Aug. 2019 By Sabrina Jeffries Review: Sabrina Jeffries is one of the long-reigning leading voices in historical romance, and her latest is a solid, if somewhat rote, entry from her always sparkling pen. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: July romances offer 'knotty' self-discovery," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Add the pork chops and turn to evenly coat, spooning the solids on top of the meat. Los Angeles Times, "Up your summer grilling game with lemongrass-marinated Vietnamese pork chops," 20 Aug. 2019 Those solids are what remains from human and animal waste once they are separated from water that is then cleaned and discharged. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Contamination from firefighting foam spill prompts new testing in Farmington River, military bases, major rivers and lakes," 28 June 2019 Keep stirring until the greens are all wilted but still bright in color and their juices have released, 1 to 2 minutes total. 5 Using tongs, lift the solids out of the pan into your serving dish. Soleil Ho, latimes.com, "Off the shelf: The powerfully funky umami of Vietnamese fish paste," 20 June 2019 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

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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