solid

A solid, as opposed to a liquid or gas, has a size and shape to it. It doesn't flow like water or disappear into the air.

At first glance, solid appears to be a simple word, but it really offers shades of meaning. A solid friend is dependable. If you give a solid performance, it was very good, though not quite great. Likewise, if you achieve a solid win, you win by a large, but not huge, majority. In a less figurative use, if a piece of chocolate is solid — as opposed to hollow — it is chocolate throughout.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: solid

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adjn
not soft or yielding to pressure
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
2
adj
of one substance or character throughout
3
adj
characterized by good substantial quality
4
adj
impenetrable for the eye
5
adj
financially sound
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: solid
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adj not soft or yielding to pressure

solid ground”
Synonyms:
firm
hard
resisting weight or pressure

adj of definite shape and volume; firm; neither liquid nor gaseous

“ice is water in the solid state”
Synonyms
hard
resisting weight or pressure
coagulated, solidified
changed into a solid mass
concrete
formed by the coalescence of particles
congealed, jelled, jellied
congealed into jelly; solidified by cooling
dry
used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones
semisolid
partly solid; having a rigidity and viscosity intermediate between a solid and a liquid
solid-state
consisting of semiconductor materials and components and related devices
solid-state
characteristic of or relating to the physical properties of solid materials especially electromagnetic or thermodynamic or structural properties of crystalline solids
Antonyms:
liquid
existing as or having characteristics of a liquid; especially tending to flow
gaseous
existing as or having characteristics of a gas
fluid, runny
characteristic of a fluid; capable of flowing and easily changing shape
liquefiable, liquifiable
capable of being liquefied
liquefied, liquified
reduced to a liquid state
semiliquid
somewhat liquid
watery
relating to or resembling or consisting of water
aeriform, airlike
resembling air or having the form of air
aerosolised, aerosolized
in the form of ultramicroscopic solid or liquid particles dispersed or suspended in air or gas
evaporated
drawn off in the form of vapor
gasified, vaporized, vapourised, volatilised, volatilized
converted into a gas or vapor
gassy
resembling gas
vaporific, vaporish, vaporous, vapourific, vapourish, vapourous
resembling or characteristic of vapor
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adj having three dimensions

“a solid object”
Synonyms
cubic, three-dimensional
having three dimensions

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

Synonyms:
solid state, solidness
Type of:
state, state of matter
(chemistry) the three traditional states of matter are solids (fixed shape and volume) and liquids (fixed volume and shaped by the container) and gases (filling the container)

n matter that is solid at room temperature and pressure

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food, solid food
any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment
precipitate
a precipitated solid substance in suspension or after settling or filtering
plastic
generic name for certain synthetic or semisynthetic materials that can be molded or extruded into objects or films or filaments or used for making e.g. coatings and adhesives
glass
a brittle transparent solid with irregular atomic structure
crystal
a solid formed by the solidification of a chemical and having a highly regular atomic structure
powder, pulverisation, pulverization
a solid substance in the form of tiny loose particles; a solid that has been pulverized
dry ice
solidified carbon dioxide; dry ice sublimates at -78.5 C and is used mainly as a refrigerant
vitrification
a vitrified substance; the glassy result of being vitrified
leftovers
food remaining from a previous meal
fresh food, fresh foods
food that is not preserved by canning or dehydration or freezing or smoking
convenience food
any packaged dish or food that can be prepared quickly and easily as by thawing or heating
chocolate
a food made from roasted ground cacao beans
baked goods
foods (like breads and cakes and pastries) that are cooked in an oven
loaf
a quantity of food (other than bread) formed in a particular shape
meat
the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food
alimentary paste, pasta
shaped and dried dough made from flour and water and sometimes egg
health food
any natural or prepared food popularly believed to promote good health
junk food
food that tastes good but is high in calories having little nutritional value
breakfast food
any food (especially cereal) usually served for breakfast
garden truck, green goods, green groceries, produce
fresh fruits and vegetable grown for the market
coconut, coconut meat
the edible white meat of a coconut; often shredded for use in e.g. cakes and curries
dika bread
somewhat astringent paste prepared by grinding and heating seeds of the African wild mango; a staple food of some African peoples
fish
the flesh of fish used as food
seafood
edible fish (broadly including freshwater fish) or shellfish or roe etc
butter
an edible emulsion of fat globules made by churning milk or cream; for cooking and table use
yoghourt, yoghurt, yogurt
a custard-like food made from curdled milk
cheese
a solid food prepared from the pressed curd of milk
slop
(usually plural) weak or watery unappetizing food or drink
flake, snowflake
a crystal of snow
diamond dust, frost mist, frost snow, ice crystal, ice needle, poudrin, snow mist
small crystals of ice
sludge
the precipitate produced by sewage treatment
ABS, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene
any of a class of composite plastics used to make car bodies and cases for computers and other appliances
Mylar
a thin polyester film
thermoplastic, thermoplastic resin
a material that softens when heated and hardens again when cooled
thermosetting compositions, thermosetting resin
a material that hardens when heated and cannot be remolded
Bakelite
a thermosetting plastic used as electric insulators and for making plastic ware and telephone receivers etc.
Teflon, polytetrafluoroethylene
a material used to coat cooking utensils and in industrial applications where sticking is to be avoided
Vinylite
any of various vinyl resins
resinoid
a plastic containing resins
gem, gemstone, stone
a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry
amino plastic, amino resin, aminoplast
a plastic (synthetic resin) made from amino compounds; used as an adhesive and as a coating for paper and textiles
cellulosic
a plastic made from cellulose (or a derivative of cellulose)
coumarone resin, coumarone-indene resin
a thermoplastic resin obtained by polymerization of indene and coumarone; used in coatings and paint and asphalt tile
fluorocarbon plastic
a plastic made with fluorocarbon
natural glass
magma of any composition that cooled very rapidly
milk glass, opal glass
a milky white translucent or opaque glass
optical glass
clear homogeneous glass of known refractive index; used to make lenses
crown glass
a glass blown into a globe which is later flattened and spun to form a disk
soft glass
glass having a relatively low softening point
ground glass
glass that diffuses light due to a rough surface produced by abrasion or etching
ground glass
particulate glass made by grinding and used as an abrasive
lead glass
glass containing lead oxide; has a high refractive index
laminated glass, safety glass, shatterproof glass
glass made with plates of plastic or resin or other material between two sheets of glass to prevent shattering
sodium silicate, soluble glass, water glass
a viscous glass consisting of sodium silicate in solution; used as a cement or as a protective coating and to preserve eggs
stained glass
glass that has been colored in some way; used for church windows
wire glass
a glass that contains a layer of wire netting in it
twins
(mineralogy) two interwoven crystals that are mirror images on each other
ice, water ice
water frozen in the solid state
phenolic plastic, phenolic urea
a plastic consisting of phenolic resins
polyester
a complex ester used for making fibers or resins or plastics or as a plasticizer
polypropene, polypropylene
a polymer of propylene used as a thermoplastic molding material
polyvinyl-formaldehyde
a polymer of vinyl formaldehyde
Pyrex
a borosilicate glass with a low coefficient of expansion; used for heat-resistant glassware in cooking and chemistry
silicone resin
a polymeric silicone compound
vinyl
shiny and tough and flexible plastic; used especially for floor coverings
Type of:
matter
that which has mass and occupies space

n a three-dimensional shape

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convex shape, convexity
a shape that curves or bulges outward
concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature
a shape that curves or bends inward
cylinder
a solid bounded by a cylindrical surface and two parallel planes (the bases)
polyhedron
a solid figure bounded by plane polygons or faces
toroid
the doughnut-shaped object enclosed by a torus
cast, mold, mould, stamp
the distinctive form in which a thing is made
block, cube
a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
ovoid
an egg-shaped object
frustum
a truncated cone or pyramid; the part that is left when a cone or pyramid is cut by a plane parallel to the base and the apical part is removed
goldbrick
a brick-shaped block that looks like gold but is not
roll
anything rolled up in cylindrical form
roller
a cylinder that revolves
umbo
a slight rounded elevation where the malleus attaches to the eardrum
camber
a slight convexity (as of the surface of a road)
entasis
a slight convexity in the shaft of a column; compensates for the illusion of concavity that viewers experience when the sides are perfectly straight
dome
a concave shape whose distinguishing characteristic is that the concavity faces downward
fossa, pit
a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)
corner, niche, recess, recession
a small concavity
anchor ring, annulus, doughnut, halo, ring
a toroidal shape
convex polyhedron
a polyhedron any plane section of which is a convex polygon
concave polyhedron
a polyhedron some of whose plane sections are concave polygons
prism
a polyhedron with two congruent and parallel faces (the bases) and whose lateral faces are parallelograms
bowl, trough
a concave shape with an open top
pocket, scoop
a hollow concave shape made by removing something
knob, node, thickening
any thickened enlargement
depression, impression, imprint
a concavity in a surface produced by pressing
ridge
any long raised strip
peak, point, tip
a V shape
taper
a convex shape that narrows toward a point
cup
any cup-shaped concavity
indentation, indenture
a concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline)
pyramid
a polyhedron having a polygonal base and triangular sides with a common vertex
tetrahedron
any polyhedron having four plane faces
pentahedron
any polyhedron having five plane faces
hexahedron
any polyhedron having six plane faces
octahedron
any polyhedron having eight plane faces
decahedron
any polyhedron having ten plane faces
dodecahedron
any polyhedron having twelve plane faces
icosahedron
any polyhedron having twenty plane faces
Platonic body, Platonic solid, ideal solid, regular convex polyhedron, regular convex solid, regular polyhedron
any one of five solids whose faces are congruent regular polygons and whose polyhedral angles are all congruent
truncated pyramid
a frustum formed from a pyramid
truncated cone
a frustum formed from a cone
prismatoid
a polyhedron whose vertices all lie in one or the other of two parallel planes; the faces that lie in those planes are the bases of the prismatoid
trapezohedron
a polyhedron whose faces are trapeziums
projection
any solid convex shape that juts out from something
Type of:
form, shape
the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
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adj of one substance or character throughout

solid gold”
“carved out of solid rock”
Synonyms
homogeneous, homogenous
all of the same or similar kind or nature

adj of the same color throughout

solid color”
Synonyms:
self-colored, self-coloured
homogeneous, homogenous
all of the same or similar kind or nature

adj entirely of one substance with no holes inside

“a solid block of wood”
Synonyms
massive
being the same substance throughout
Antonyms:
hollow
not solid; having a space or gap or cavity
empty
holding or containing nothing
cavernous
being or suggesting a cavern
deep-set, recessed, sunken
having a sunken area
fistular, fistulate, fistulous
hollow and tube-shaped like a reed
cannular, tube-shaped, tubelike, tubular, vasiform
constituting a tube; having hollow tubes (as for the passage of fluids)
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adj uninterrupted in space; having no gaps or breaks

“a solid line across the page”
solid sheets of water”
Synonyms
unbroken
marked by continuous or uninterrupted extension in space or time or sequence

adj acting together as a single undiversified whole

“a solid voting bloc”
Synonyms:
unanimous, whole
undiversified
not diversified
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adj characterized by good substantial quality

solid comfort”
“a solid base hit”
Synonyms
good
having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified

adj of good quality and condition; solidly built

“a solid foundation”
Synonyms:
strong, substantial
sound
in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay

adj meriting respect or esteem

Synonyms:
upstanding
respectable
characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals

adj of a substantial character and not frivolous or superficial

“work of solid scholarship”
“based on solid facts”
Synonyms
serious
concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities

adj providing abundant nourishment

“good solid food”
Synonyms:
hearty, satisfying, square, substantial
wholesome
conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being
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adj impenetrable for the eye

solid blackness”
Synonyms
opaque
not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
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adj financially sound

“the bank is solid and will survive this attack”
Synonyms
sound
financially secure and safe
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