Definitions for: Solid


[n] a three-dimensional shape
[n] the state in which a substance has no tendency to flow under moderate stress; resists forces (such as compression) that tend to deform it; and retains a definite size and shape
[n] a substance that is solid at room temperature and pressure
[adj] uninterrupted in space; having no gaps or breaks; "a solid line across the page"; "solid sheets of water"
[adj] incapable of being seen through; "solid blackness"
[adj] having three dimensions; "a solid object"
[adj] acting together as a single undiversified whole; "a solid voting bloc"
[adj] turned into or covered with thick ice; "a brook frozen solid"
[adj] of good substantial quality; "solid comfort"; "a solid base hit"
[adj] not soft or yielding to pressure; "a firm mattress"; "the snow was firm underfoot"; "solid ground"
[adj] of one substance or character throughout; "solid gold"; "a solid color"; "carved out of solid rock"
[adj] having high moral qualities; "a noble spirit"; "a solid citizen"; "an upstanding man"; "a worthy successor"
[adj] entirely of a single color throughout; "a solid fabric"
[adj] providing abundant nourishment; "a hearty meal"; "good solid food"; "ate a substantial breakfast"
[adj] of definite shape and volume; firm; neither liquid nor gaseous; "ice is water in the solid state"
[adj] entirely of one substance with no holes inside; "solid silver"; "a solid block of wood"
[adj] of good quality and condition; solidly built; "a solid foundation"; "several substantial timber buildings"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sol"id, a. [L. solidus, probably akin to sollus whole,
entire, Gr. ???: cf. F. solide. Cf. Consolidate,Soda,
Solder, Soldier, Solemn.]
1. Having the constituent parts so compact, or so firmly
adhering, as to resist the impression or penetration of
other bodies; having a fixed form; hard; firm; compact; --
opposed to fluid and liquid or to plastic, like
clay, or to incompact, like sand.

2. Not hollow; full of matter; as, a solid globe or cone, as
distinguished from a hollow one; not spongy; dense;
hence, sometimes, heavy.

3. (Arith.) Having all the geometrical dimensions; cubic; as,
a solid foot contains 1,728 solid inches.

Note: In this sense, cubics now generally used.

4. Firm; compact; strong; stable; unyielding; as, a solid
pier; a solid pile; a solid wall.

5. Applied to a compound word whose parts are closely united
and form an unbroken word; -- opposed to hyphened.



6. Fig.: Worthy of credit, trust, or esteem; substantial, as
opposed to frivolous or fallacious; weighty; firm;
strong; valid; just; genuine.

The solid purpose of a sincere and virtuous answer.
--Milton.

These, wanting wit, affect gravity, and go by the
name of solid men. --Dryden.

The genius of the Italians wrought by solid toil
what the myth-making imagination of the Germans had
projected in a poem. --J. A.
Symonds.

7. Sound; not weakly; as, a solid constitution of body. --I.
Watts.

8. (Bot.) Of a fleshy, uniform, undivided substance, as a
bulb or root; not spongy or hollow within, as a stem.

9. (Metaph.) Impenetrable; resisting or excluding any other
material particle or atom from any given portion of space;
-- applied to the supposed ultimate particles of matter.

10. (Print.) Not having the lines separated by leads; not
open.

11. United; without division; unanimous; as, the delegation
is solid for a candidate. [Polit. Cant. U.S.]

Solid angle. (Geom.) See under Angle.

Solid color, an even color; one not shaded or variegated.


Solid green. See Emerald green
(a), under Green.

Solid measure (Arith.), a measure for volumes, in which the
units are each a cube of fixed linear magnitude, as a
cubic foot, yard, or the like; thus, a foot, in solid
measure, or a solid foot, contains 1,728 solid inches.

Solid newel (Arch.), a newel into which the ends of winding
stairs are built, in distinction from a hollow newel. See
under Hollow, a.

Solid problem (Geom.), a problem which can be construed
geometrically, only by the intersection of a circle and a
conic section or of two conic sections. --Hutton.

Solid square (Mil.), a square body or troops in which the
ranks and files are equal.

Syn: Hard; firm; compact; strong; substantial; stable; sound;
real; valid; true; just; weighty; profound; grave;
important.

Usage: Solid, Hard. These words both relate to the
internal constitution of bodies; but hardnotes a more
impenetrable nature or a firmer adherence of the
component parts than solid. Hard is opposed to soft,
and solid to fluid, liquid, open, or hollow. Wood is
usually solid; but some kinds of wood are hard, and
others are soft.

Repose you there; while I [return] to this hard
house, More harder than the stones whereof 't is
raised. --Shak.

I hear his thundering voice resound, And
trampling feet than shake the solid ground.
--Dryden.


Sol"id, n.
1. A substance that is held in a fixed form by cohesion among
its particles; a substance not fluid.

2. (Geom.) A magnitude which has length, breadth, and
thickness; a part of space bounded on all sides.

Solid of revolution. (Geom.) See Revolution, n., 5.

Synonyms: coagulated, concrete, congealed, cubic, dry, firm, frozen, good, hard, hearty, homogeneous, homogenous, honorable, honourable, jelled, jellied, massive, noble, opaque, plain, satisfying, self-colored, self-coloured, semisolid, solidified, solidness, solid-state, sound, strong, substantial, three-dimensional, unanimous, unbroken, undiversified, unhollowed, unpatterned, unvaried, upstanding, wholesome, worthy

Antonyms: gaseous, hollow, liquid

See Also: block, cast, concave shape, concavity, convex shape, convexity, crystal, cube, cylinder, dry ice, food, form, frustum, glass, incurvation, incurvature, matter, mold, ovoid, plastic, polyhedron, powder, precipitate, pulverisation, pulverization, shape, stamp, state, state of matter, substance, toroid, vitrification

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