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

Keep scrolling for more

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Arkansas freshman pitcher Jaxon Wiggins bounced back from his last appearance against Tennessee with a solid start into the fourth on Sunday. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, 31 May 2021 Reed holed a 164-yard approach for an eagle on the par-4 12th hole on the way to a 2-under 68…J.J. Henry of Fort Worth, playing in his 20th consecutive Charles Schwab Challenge, got off to a solid start with a 1-under 69. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, 28 May 2021 My precious heirloom: A rock-solid frozen Tupperware filled a third of the way with jar spaghetti sauce that’s been kept in the freezer since 2015. Kristen Mulrooney, The New Yorker, 28 May 2021 Three weeks after beating Steve Stricker in a playoff in the Regions Tradition for his first major title, Alex Cejka got off to a solid start in his pursuit of a second. Ken Macleod, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak dazzled on offense, Tuukka Rask was rock solid in net and the Boston Bruins are moving on to the second round of the playoffs. Stephen Whyno, courant.com, 23 May 2021 Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak dazzled on offense, Tuukka Rask was rock solid in net and the Boston Bruins are moving on to the second round of the playoffs. Stephen Whyno, baltimoresun.com, 23 May 2021 While the Israeli strikes may temporarily set back the military capability of Iran’s Gaza allies, Israel’s international standing does seem to be taking a beating with cracks in the once rock-solid support of Western allies. New York Times, 23 May 2021 But for Daly, a solid start to this week provides some optimism. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cleanup is a breeze: Discard any solids from the tray, tip splattered liquid down the drain, and rinse the whole thing with mild dish soap and warm water. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, 1 May 2020 Allow the mixture to infuse for 15 to 30 minutes, then strain out the ginger, pressing gently on the solids to squeeze out any remaining liquid. M. Carrie Allan, The Denver Post, 23 Aug. 2019 Purée until smooth, then strain the liquid, pressing on the solids with the back of a spoon or silicone spatula to extract as much liquid as possible; cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Saveur, 17 Mar. 2015 Right after eating, scrape whatever solids are left into the trash, including napkins. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2020 Also called dry toilets, these act as their own processing facility, in which solids (including toilet paper) are deposited into a tank that also contains peat moss or coconut coir, a fiber from the outer husk of coconuts. The Editors, Field & Stream, 5 May 2020 Finally, the last sensor identifies the shape and nature of any solids. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 7 Apr. 2020 Some of those improvements included projects such as inflatable dams to store wastewater or partially treating overflows by spinning them in a centrifuge to separate solids. Sarah Bowman, IndyStar, 2 May 2020 Consider vitamin D and iron; avoid bulky solids close to bottle times. Susan Reslewic Keatley, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Then Paul was playing solid in Game 5 until Wesley Matthews' boxout in the third quarter left him reaching for that shoulder and laying on the court in pain. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 4 June 2021 On a recent afternoon, there were a handful of bikes on sale, including a solid-looking $300 road bike and an unusual $600 specimen with narrow tires and shocks on its front forks. BostonGlobe.com, 2 May 2021 Democrats' proposals to overhaul voting in the U.S. won solid -- although not overwhelming -- support from Americans in a new survey measuring the popularity of major pieces of the sweeping legislation in Congress. Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 The pipes, played with four mallets by Sam Bacco, add their own timbre, less solid-sounding than other percussion, and contributed to the work’s energy. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 21 Mar. 2021 Disney theme parks in Orlando are booked solid next Monday through Thursday. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2021 Just look at my calendar—-I’m booked solid for the next three months. Kris Putnam-walkerly, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 Naturally, this home is booked solid until May (at the time this article was written). Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2021 Across her 10-acre farm in Seguin, the many llamas short and tall, brown and white, spotted and solid poke their long woolly necks over farm fences and barn gates, each with its own tale of kindness. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Feb. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'solid.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about solid

Time Traveler for solid

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for solid

Last Updated

6 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Solid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solid. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for solid

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!