|1.||gas Compare solid a substance in a physical state in which it does not resist change of shape but does resist change of size|
|2.||a substance that is a liquid at room temperature and atmospheric pressure|
|3.||phonetics a frictionless continuant, esp () or ()|
|4.||of, concerned with, or being a liquid or having the characteristic state of liquids: liquid wax|
|5.||shining, transparent, or brilliant|
|6.||flowing, fluent, or smooth|
|7.||(of assets) in the form of money or easily convertible into money|
|[C14: via Old French from Latin liquidus, from liquēre to be fluid]|
liquid liq·uid (lĭk'wĭd)
The state of matter in which a substance exhibits a characteristic readiness to flow, little or no tendency to disperse, and relatively high incompressibility.
Matter or a specific body of matter in this state.
Of or being a liquid.
Having been liquefied, especially melted by heating or condensed by cooling.
Flowing readily; fluid.
|liquid (lĭk'wĭd) Pronunciation Key
One of four main states of matter, composed of molecules that can move about in a substance but are bound loosely together by intramolecular forces. Unlike a solid, a liquid has no fixed shape, but instead has a characteristic readiness to flow and therefore takes on the shape of any container. Because pressure transmitted at one point is passed on to other points, a liquid usually has a volume that remains constant or changes only slightly under pressure, unlike a gas.