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 pluralmilk 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 Landry had a solid game with five catches for 51 yards. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Fans deserving, Baker delivering, and more Chubb needed – Terry Pluto’s Browns Postgame Scribbles," 4 Jan. 2021 But Fitzgerald could top his rookie mark of 58 receptions with a solid game against the Rams. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Cardinals vs. Rams live stream (1/3): How to watch NFL Week 17 online, TV, time," 3 Jan. 2021 These new categories add a ton of value to an already very solid offering. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "Earn more rewards on your groceries with these credit cards," 22 Dec. 2020 But still, Barta used its last game, a win at a very solid UCF team, as a curious justification for moving the Bearcats lower. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "After questionable CFP rankings, the AAC makes the best case yet for a revamped playoff system," 18 Dec. 2020 Based on an exhaustive review of the international literature, there is solid evidence for seven ways that meaningful activities can support our well-being in difficult times. Mary Ann Mccoll, CNN, "7 constructive ways to get through the Covid-19 pandemic," 18 Dec. 2020 Public-health experts have criticized China for authorizing emergency use of its vaccines, before solid clinical evidence is presented. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Peru Halts Trial for Chinese Covid-19 Vaccine," 13 Dec. 2020 Both Bose and Sony (among others) offer very solid over-the-ear options with strong noise canceling in the $300 range. Popular Science, "Apple’s AirPods Max take aim at high-end over-the-ear headphones," 8 Dec. 2020 The Chanticleers are now 10-0 with two very solid wins against the Cougars and Louisiana-Lafayette, and deserve to be ranked ahead of several one- and two-loss teams from the Power Five. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "LSU slides toward a historically bad season in NCAA Re-Rank 1-127," 7 Dec. 2020 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, "5 Hassle-Free Ways to Clean Up After Pets—No Vacuum Required," 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, "No alcohol, no problem: How to make complex, balanced zero-proof cocktails," 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, "Leaf and Spear," 17 Mar. 2015 Right after eating, scrape whatever solids are left into the trash, including napkins. Los Angeles Times, "The best last-minute Mother’s Day gift? Do the dishes (and do them well)," 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, "Three Portable Toilets Engineered for Emergency Relief," 5 May 2020 Finally, the last sensor identifies the shape and nature of any solids. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Finally, a Smart Toilet That Takes Photos of Your Butt," 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, "The White River: Cleanup follows decades of civil rights abuses. Now who will benefit?," 2 May 2020 Consider vitamin D and iron; avoid bulky solids close to bottle times. Susan Reslewic Keatley, New York Times, "Formula Feeding: How Much and How Often to Feed Your Baby," 18 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Normally a horse with those credentials would be a rock-solid favorite, but Charlatan is 9-5 behind Nashville, at 6-5, who has also impressed in three undefeated races in Kentucky and New York. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "After highs and lows in 2020, Bob Baffert sets his focus on Santa Anita," 25 Dec. 2020 In the first quarter, the Ravens’ special teams, rock-solid all year on kickoff coverage, gave up a 66-yard return to running back Tony Pollard. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Sparked by Lamar Jackson, Ravens roll past Cowboys, 34-17, to keep playoff hopes alive," 8 Dec. 2020 Mukkadam, who has been with the violent crime unit for two years and in law enforcement for 15, said investigators put in many hours and ran out several leads on the case over the years, but nothing solid developed. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Dying man confessed to 1995 Alabama murder to be ready to ‘meet his maker’," 20 Nov. 2020 Cornyn, 68, spent the last week on a bus tour through Texas’ booming suburbs -- once rock-solid for the GOP but rapidly tilting toward Democrats. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Sen. John Cornyn reelected in Texas as Democrat challenger Hegar concedes," 4 Nov. 2020 The Total Bundle from FabFilter is packed solid with some of the best audio production software to ever hit the market, including high-performing proprietary EQs, compressors, filters, saturators, and basic synthesizers. Popular Science, "The best plugins for home music production," 27 Oct. 2020 Glacial caves fill with water during the day and then freeze solid overnight, giving climatologists a limited window of time to drop in and study their eccentric, constantly shifting features. Purbita Saha, Popular Science, "Look inside the hidden world of Earth’s most beautiful caves," 23 Oct. 2020 It is now booked solid for at least the next four weeks. Carolyn Jung, SFChronicle.com, "House of Prime Rib reopens today with a new $10K filtration system — and a stationary prime rib cart," 15 Oct. 2020 The foundation of Terminal Ascent’s performance rests on three pillars: solid-shanked and bonded bullet construction, AccuChannel grooving, and the Slipstream polymer tip. Field & Stream, "Best of Both Worlds," 3 Aug. 2020

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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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Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Solid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solid. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for solid

solid

adjective
How to pronounce solid (audio)

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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