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solid

[sol-id] /ˈsɒl ɪd/
adjective, solider, solidest.
1.
having three dimensions (length, breadth, and thickness), as a geometrical body or figure.
2.
of or pertaining to bodies or figures of three dimensions.
3.
having the interior completely filled up, free from cavities, or not hollow:
a solid piece of chocolate.
4.
without openings or breaks:
a solid wall.
5.
firm, hard, or compact in substance:
solid ground.
6.
having relative firmness, coherence of particles, or persistence of form, as matter that is not liquid or gaseous:
solid particles suspended in a liquid.
7.
pertaining to such matter:
Water in a solid state is ice.
8.
dense, thick, or heavy in nature or appearance:
solid masses of cloud.
9.
not flimsy, slight, or light, as buildings, furniture, fabrics, or food; substantial.
10.
of a substantial character; not superficial, trifling, or frivolous:
a solid work of scientific scholarship.
11.
without separation or division; continuous:
a solid row of buildings.
12.
whole or entire:
one solid hour.
13.
forming the whole; consisting entirely of one substance or material:
solid gold.
14.
uniform in tone or shades, as a color:
a solid blue dress.
15.
real or genuine:
solid comfort.
16.
sound or reliable, as reasons or arguments:
solid facts.
17.
sober-minded; fully reliable or sensible:
a solid citizen.
18.
financially sound or strong:
Our company is solid.
19.
cubic:
A solid foot contains 1728 solid inches.
20.
written without a hyphen, as a compound word.
21.
having the lines not separated by leads, or having few open spaces, as type or printing.
22.
thorough, vigorous, great, big, etc. (with emphatic force, often after good):
a good solid blow.
23.
firmly united or consolidated:
a solid combination.
24.
united or unanimous in opinion, policy, etc.
25.
on a friendly, favorable, or advantageous footing (often preceded by in):
He was in solid with her parents.
26.
Slang. excellent, especially musically.
noun
27.
a body or object having three dimensions (length, breadth, and thickness).
28.
a solid substance or body; a substance exhibiting rigidity.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin solidus
Related forms
solidly, adverb
solidness, noun
half-solid, adjective
nonsolid, adjective, noun
nonsolidly, adverb
subsolid, noun
transsolid, adjective
unsolid, adjective
unsolidly, adverb
unsolidness, noun
Can be confused
solid, stolid.
Synonyms
1. cubic. 5. dense. See firm1 . 6. cohesive, firm. 9. sound. 11. unbroken. 18. solvent. 22. strong.
Antonyms
1. flat. 6. loose. 11, 24. divided.
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British Dictionary definitions for sol idly

solid

/ˈsɒlɪd/
adjective
1.
of, concerned with, or being a substance in a physical state in which it resists changes in size and shape Compare liquid (sense 1), gas (sense 1)
2.
consisting of matter all through
3.
of the same substance all through solid rock
4.
sound; proved or provable solid facts
5.
reliable or sensible; upstanding a solid citizen
6.
firm, strong, compact, or substantial a solid table, solid ground
7.
(of a meal or food) substantial
8.
(often postpositive) without interruption or respite; continuous solid bombardment
9.
financially sound or solvent a solid institution
10.
strongly linked or consolidated a solid relationship
11.
(geometry) having or relating to three dimensions a solid figure, solid geometry
12.
(of a word composed of two or more other words or elements) written or printed as a single word without a hyphen
13.
(printing) with no space or leads between lines of type
14.
solid for, unanimously in favour of
15.
(of a writer, work, performance, etc) adequate; sensible
16.
of or having a single uniform colour or tone
17.
(NZ, informal) excessive; unreasonably strict
noun
18.
(geometry)
  1. a closed surface in three-dimensional space
  2. such a surface together with the volume enclosed by it
19.
a solid substance, such as wood, iron, or diamond
20.
(pl) solid food, as opposed to liquid
Derived Forms
solidity (səˈlɪdɪtɪ) noun
solidly, adverb
solidness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French solide, from Latin solidus firm; related to Latin sollus whole
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Word Origin and History for sol idly
solid
1391, from O.Fr. solide "firm, dense, compact," from L. solidus "firm, whole, entire" (related to salvus "safe"), from PIE base *sol- "whole" (cf. Gk. holos "whole," L. salus "health;" see safe (adj.)). Slang sense of "wonderful, remarkable" first attested 1920 among jazz musicians. The noun is recorded from 1495. Solid South in U.S. political history is attested from 1858. Solidify is from 1799 (trans.), 1837 (intrans.). Solid state as a term in physics is recorded from 1953; meaning "employing transistors (as opposed to vacuum tubes)" is from 1959.
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sol idly in Medicine

solid sol·id (sŏl'ĭd)
adj.

  1. Of definite shape and volume; not liquid or gaseous.

  2. Firm or compact in substance.

  3. Having no internal cavity or hollow.

n.
  1. A solid substance, body, or tissue.

  2. Food that is relatively firm in substance or that must be chewed before swallowing.

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sol idly in Science
solid
  (sŏl'ĭd)   
  1. Physics One of four main states of matter, in which the molecules vibrate about fixed positions and cannot migrate to other positions in the substance. Unlike a gas or liquid, a solid has a fixed shape, and unlike a gas, a solid has a fixed volume. In most solids (with exceptions such as glass), the molecules are arranged in crystal lattices of various sizes.

  2. Mathematics A geometric figure that has three dimensions.


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sol idly in Culture

solid definition


A phase of matter characterized by the tight locking of atoms into rigid structures that resist deforming by outside forces.

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Slang definitions & phrases for sol idly

solid

adjective

Wonderful; remarkable; great, groovy • Said to have been used regularly by Louis Armstrong: Man, what solid jive/ That's solid, Willie, let's get together and blow (1920+ Jazz musicians)


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