Definition of rigid in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈrɪdʒɪd


  • 1Unable to bend or be forced out of shape; not flexible: a seat of rigid orange plastic
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    • The result is the new ‘lightweight armor’ shoe, which has a flexible forefoot and a rigid heel.
    • Among them are lidding film for rigid cups, flexible pouches for pet foods and beverage pouches for juices.
    • The cabin has plenty of storage spaces, but the door pockets would be much more useful with flexible sides instead of rigid ones.
    stiff, hard, firm, inflexible, non-flexible, unbending, unyielding, inelastic; taut, tight
    rare impliable, unmalleable
  • 1.1(Of a person or part of their body) stiff and unmoving, especially as a result of shock or fear: Beatrice was rigid with terror
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    • She was rigid with terror at the very thought of it.
    • His blue eyes pierced me and made my body feel suddenly rigid with fear.
    • Looking over at her properly for the first time since getting into her car, he noticed her slim body was rigid with tension, her knuckles white from holding the steering wheel in a deathly grip.


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  • A lorry which is not articulated.



verb (rigidifies, rigidifying, rigidified)
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  • On the one hand, hard-line religious and moral conservatives have been working to rigidify the boundaries of ‘traditional’ marriage and to shore up its privileged status.
  • Traditions were not reinterpreted but frozen and rigidified.
  • They can rigidify or help loosen up your thinking.


Pronunciation: /-ˈdʒɪdɪti/
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  • I think part of the rigidity of his later pictures was from his feeling that everything should be worked out in advance, which didn't allow for any creative participation by the actors.
  • He continually strives to enforce a unique rigidity upon his surroundings and his subjects.
  • It's very old-fashioned science and makes for rigidity in both psychology and literature.


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  • Not only did he look regal, but he had the feeling of one with immense power, he sat with his back rigidly straight and his mouth tightly shut.
  • It was written by her husband, yet its style was rigidly formal, consistently using her surname alone.
  • It will be important to follow the original training program more rigidly.


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  • According to Malone, the Methodists ‘stood ready to assist in the rebuilding of a new church free of the anarchy and rigidness of the past.’
  • In fact, the real paradox and irony is that the world is becoming more and more complex, more and more multidimensional, yet what we want is certainty, we want more and more certainty, we want rigidness, we want one answer.
  • Although it is too early to tell, I would associate Katherine with a degree of rigidness, perfectionism, and inflexibility.


late Middle English: from Latin rigidus, from rigere 'be stiff'.

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