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solidity

[suh-lid-i-tee] /səˈlɪd ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state, property, or quality of being solid.
2.
firmness and strength; substantialness:
an argument with little solidity.
3.
strength of mind, character, finances, etc.
4.
Obsolete. the amount of space occupied by a solid body; volume.
Origin of solidity
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin soliditās, equivalent to solid(us) solid + -itās -ity
Related forms
unsolidity, noun
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  • solidity, weight, a third dimension, is given to the impression of Milly's unhappy case.

    The Craft of Fiction Percy Lubbock
  • Its hardness, solidity, and actuality could not be gainsaid.

  • These curved lines gave to the structure a peculiar grace which cannot be imitated, as well as an effect of solidity.

  • Now, it is this sense of the solidity of things that can only be uttered by the metaphor of eating.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • Does not all this strongly argue the solidity of the science to which they belong?

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • He went over it carefully, to assure himself of its solidity.

    The Flood Emile Zola
  • Abruptly one's confidence in the solidity of the universe disappears.

    The New Machiavelli Herbert George Wells
  • Then stillness, and solidity, and the blackness of the Pit outside the Med Ship.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
Word Origin and History for solidity
n.

late 14c., from Middle French solidité or directly from Latin soliditatem (nominative soliditas), from solidus (see solid (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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