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solid

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adjective sol·id \ ˈsä-ləd \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of solid

1 a :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
3 a :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
5 a :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
6 a :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

solidly

adverb

solidness

noun

Examples of solid in a Sentence

  1. Concrete is a solid material.

  2. When ice melts, it passes from a solid to a liquid form.

  3. I was on a liquid diet when I was sick because I couldn't digest solid food.

  4. I was glad to get off the plane and back on solid ground.

  5. The pond was frozen solid.

  6. The ring is solid gold.

  7. a chunk of solid marble

  8. I prefer solid colors like blue or green instead of plaids and stripes.

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Origin and Etymology of solid

Middle English solide, from Middle French, from Latin solidus; akin to Greek holos whole — more at safe

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solid

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Definition of solid

1 :a geometrical figure or element (such as a cube or sphere) having three dimensions — see Volume Formulas Table
2 a :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 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

Examples of solid in a Sentence

  1. She couldn't eat solids after the surgery.

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First Known Use of solid

15th century

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solid

adverb

Definition of solid

:in a solid manner; also :unanimously

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First Known Use of solid

1651



SOLID Defined for English Language Learners

solid

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adjective

Definition of solid for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of solid for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • solids : foods that are not liquid


SOLID Defined for Kids

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solid

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adjective sol·id \ ˈsä-ləd \

Definition of solid for Students

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 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

solidly

adverb
  • The logs fitted solidly together at the corners.
  • —Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie

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solid

noun

Definition of solid for Students

1 :something (as a cube) that has length, width, and thickness
2 :a substance that keeps its size and shape :a solid substance

Medical Dictionary

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solid

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adjective sol·id \ ˈsäl-əd \

medical Definition of solid

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

solidly

adverb

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solid

noun

medical Definition of solid

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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