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liquid

Syllabification: liq·uid
Pronunciation: /ˈlikwid
 
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Definition of liquid in English:

adjective

1Having a consistency like that of water or oil, i.e., flowing freely but of constant volume.
Example sentences
  • Gazpachos can thus range in consistency from very liquid to almost solid.
  • Most strippers have either a semi-paste or a thin liquid consistency, the premium agent of which is methylene chloride.
  • Allow the chocolate to melt over the hot water and stir it occasionally until it has achieved a liquid consistency.
Synonyms
fluid, liquefied;
melted, molten, thawed, dissolved;
Chemistry hydrous
1.1Having the clear shimmer of water: looking into those liquid dark eyes
More example sentences
  • This lake, though looking as liquid as water, was not clear, but black.
  • My truth is warm liquid dark eyes and truly good people.
  • My attention shifted to Jason, who was currently looking straight at his cousin, his dark eyes pensive, liquid pools of thought.
Synonyms
1.2Denoting a substance normally a gas that has been liquefied by cold or pressure: liquid oxygen
More example sentences
  • There are a variety of less-polluting oil and gas fuels, including liquid petroleum gas, liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas.
  • Frozen leaves were ground to a powder in a mortar with a pestle in the presence of liquid nitrogen in a cold room.
  • Therefore liquid hydrogen tanks would need to be much larger and at the same time stronger and insulated in order to hold the extremely cold liquid hydrogen.
1.3Not fixed or stable; fluid.
Example sentences
  • At times there are bursts of pure, liquid dance, at others performers are grabbing handfuls of skin and carrying each other around.
  • At the other extreme are flowing, liquid garments.
  • Now Kiefer was demonstrating a jump shot and his body was pure grace and liquid movement.
2(Of a sound) clear, pure, and flowing; harmonious: the liquid song of the birds
More example sentences
  • Pure liquid trills of a Bulbul coming from some nearby tree bought a smile of delight to his lips.
  • From the clipped liquid sounds it spoke I'd guess it had gotten little more than half the sounds I'd spoken.
  • The gentle liquid sound of the pool was louder when the wind came.
Synonyms
3 Phonetics (Of a consonant, typically l and r) produced by allowing the airstream to flow over the sides of the tongue, and able to be prolonged like a vowel.
4(Of assets) held in cash or easily converted into cash.
Example sentences
  • All are short-term, highly liquid assets that can easily be converted into cash and used as currency.
  • Ten percent of it must be in the form of Singapore government securities, with the rest in the form of cash or other liquid assets.
  • The best asset plays are those that hold large chunks of cash, liquid investments and property - items that are readily re-usable or re-saleable.
Synonyms
convertible, disposable, usable, spendable
4.1Having ready cash or liquid assets.
4.2(Of a market) having a high volume of activity.
Example sentences
  • The capital return is predictable, the market is highly liquid, the costs are low, the likelihood of trading statement shock avoided and returns of capital as good as guaranteed.
  • Depository receipts are typically used to allow a stock to trade on a more lucrative, more exposed, more liquid market.
  • Swan attributes this to better yields in Britain, lower vacancy rates and transaction costs and a more liquid market in general.

noun

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1A liquid substance: drink plenty of liquids
More example sentences
  • Drink plenty of liquids, such as water, juice or tea.
  • First, you should always drink plenty of liquids (water is the best).
  • The common glycols are colorless liquids with specific gravities greater than that of water.
Synonyms
fluid, moisture;
liquor, solution, juice
2 Phonetics A liquid consonant.
Example sentences
  • Indeed, the poems themselves employ a vocabulary of linguistics: plosive, liquids, vocables, vowels, consonants.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin liquidus, from liquere 'be liquid'.

Derivatives

liquidly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Exterior landscape and architecture liquidly transition into shots of the actors.
  • The multistrand material, which glistened almost liquidly, turned out to be grounding braid, more commonly used by electricians than by artists.
  • Silently he began moving his hands liquidly as he spoke.

liquidness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • But perhaps ‘established trade practice’ in the hair products industry puts the line between solid and liquid directly between the solidy liquidness of shampoo and the liquidy solidness of gel.
  • Every movement of the eyeball becomes exaggerated, and there's a liquidness to the lens itself.
  • Her studio is a laboratory in which she experiments with various color combinations, degrees of liquidness, and/or tighter or looser intervals between wider or narrower bands and streaks.

Words that rhyme with liquid

illiquid

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