Definition of solid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɒlɪd
 
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adjective (solider, solidest)

  • 1Firm and stable in shape; not liquid or fluid: the stream was frozen solid solid fuels
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    • When heated this produces methane gas and a solid residue of sodium carbonate.
    • A third type, called a hybrid, combines a solid fuel with a liquid oxidizer.
    • The firm began with Mr Wilson selling small amounts of coal, and is now the oldest solid fuel firm in the area, with a very loyal customer base.
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  • 1.1Strongly built or made of strong materials; not flimsy or slender: a solid door with good, secure locks
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    • Imagine that you are surrounded by an outer shell that is made of a solid material - so strong that nothing can get through to hurt you.
    • The leather steering wheel is bigger than the average, the door handles strong and solid and the pedals sporty.
    • Stacking large slabs on one another against a spine of uprights within a revetment wall seems a very effective way to create an illusion of a well built and solid cairn.
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  • 2Having three dimensions: a solid figure with six plane faces
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    • He also gives rules for measuring both plane and solid figures, often using arches as examples.
    • Theodosius defines a sphere to be a solid figure with the property that any point on its surface is at a constant distance from a fixed point (the centre of the sphere).
    • This is the first solid figure, the three-dimensional form of the triangle.
  • 2.1 [attributive] Concerned with objects having three dimensions: solid geometry
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    • The first students of conic sections, and possibly Theaetetus, the creator of solid geometry, were members of the Academy.
    • He goes on to consider solid geometry giving results on prisms, cylinders, and spheres.
    • In the Republic, Plato is critical of the solid geometry of his day, but his criticism makes no mention of the use of instruments.
  • 3Not hollow or containing spaces or gaps: a sculpture made out of solid rock a solid mass of flowers the shops were packed solid
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    • The theater is a cavernous space, seemingly carved from a solid mass of desert rock, like Petra, in Jordan.
    • I think of it as arising from pain fibers that are not mucosal but deeper in hollow organs or in solid masses.
    • In the process of being buried under other sediments, these ooids can fuse into a solid mass of sedimentary rock called oolite.
  • 3.1Consisting of the same substance throughout: solid silver cutlery
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    • The house measures 167 square metres and has solid timber flooring throughout, a maple kitchen and an ADSL line in the study.
    • The apartment itself has solid oak flooring throughout and the inner hall features built-in floor to ceiling fitted wardrobes.
    • The elevated front door opens into a roomy hall decorated in pale aqua and floored in the solid maple that features throughout the living quarters.
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  • 3.2(Of typesetting) without extra space between the lines of characters.
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    • Text set solid (no leading) appears cramped, with ascenders almost touching descenders from the previous line.
  • 3.3(Of a line or surface) without spaces; unbroken: the solid outline encloses the area within which we measured
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    • A hypothetical rectangular habitat is outlined by a thick solid line.
    • Thin solid lines enclose a region in which 95% of the simulated data points are expected to lie.
    • The solid line, the dotted line, and the dashed line represent the cases of, and, respectively.
  • 3.4(Of time) uninterrupted; continuous: [postpositive]: it poured for two hours solid
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    • No reason at all, unless it was the fact that I had a solid 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep!
    • I'd been among their ranks for a solid six hours by the time we got to question period, and honestly, by this point all I could think about was getting the hell out of there.
    • Give yourself about six solid months of training to prepare for your first ultra.
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  • 3.5Unanimous or undivided: they received solid support from their teammates
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    • One fact, at least, shows that a change in the law has less solid support than suicide self-help groups might like to think they have.
    • This one-time Democratic bill about reforming the accounting industry now has very, very solid support in the Senate.
    • The controversial talks with Springfield Residents, first revealed on Thursday, are said to have the solid support of the Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast.
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    unanimous, united, uniform, consistent, undivided; of one mind, of the same mind, in unison
    rare consentient
  • 5 (solid with) US informal On good terms with: he thought he could put himself in solid with you by criticizing her
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    • And now you're in solid with her because you've got a car.
  • 6Australian informal Severe; unfair: they’ll be solid on him for that mistake
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    • After this critique of Trotsky, Lenin really comes down solid on him.

noun

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  • 1A substance or object that is solid rather than liquid or fluid.
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    • I was reminded of high school physics where we learned that solids conduct sound better than both liquids and gases.
    • All common solids will typically go through one of three types of transformations when heated.
    • But then scientists unexpectedly discovered that the only difference between solids and space was the degree to which the same atoms that composed both were packed more or less closely together.
  • 1.1 (solids) Food that is not liquid: she drinks only milk and rarely eats solids
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    • I learned to chew on my left side, and eat only soft foods such as ice cream, rarely touching true solids, like swirls.
    • There is no added salt or corn syrup solids.
    • His diet should start with liquids, then soft foods, and then solids.
  • 2 Geometry A body or geometric figure having three dimensions.
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    • In particular he identified the five elements, fire, earth, air, water and celestial matter with the five regular solids, the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, icosahedron and the dodecahedron.
    • In several smaller wall pieces from 1990, bent cardboard planes are connected by segments of translucent plastic to create lozenge-shaped geometric solids.
    • He abandoned his cherished idea of a universe based on geometric solids when it was obvious that it simply did not fit the evidence.

Phrases

do someone a solid

US informal Do something for someone as an act of kindness; do someone a favour: they’re a business, not a family friend or a buddy who will do you a solid for being a good customer
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  • C'mon. Just do me a solid. Girl, you know I would do it for you.
  • You did us a solid, bro. Come by after work. Have a meal.
  • I felt I let her down, so I wanted to do her a solid.

the solid South

chiefly • historical The politically united Southern states of America, traditionally regarded as giving unwavering electoral support to the Democratic Party.

Derivatives

solidly

adverb
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  • The overwhelming majority of Australians are solidly behind the arrangements.
  • In fact these two apparent foes are solidly allied against public opinion.
  • It appears to be solidly built, its thick iron girders criss-crossing the river.

solidness

noun
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  • There was a solidness and strength about him that made you feel he could go on forever.
  • But he read enough garbage to sink his reputation for probity and solidness.
  • He shows an expressive solidness, which may be improved with more practice.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin solidus; related to salvus 'safe' and sollus 'entire'.

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