In everyday use, liquid is the opposite of solid––water at room temperature is a liquid: Heat it to boiling, it turns to a gas. Chill it below freezing, it turns to ice.

Liquid describes a state in which a compound such as water flows. Juice is a liquid. Milk is a liquid. Your swimming pool is full of liquid. When assets are liquid, that means they can be liquidated easily, i.e., sold for cash. Stocks and bonds are liquid assets. Real estate, which can take a long time to sell, is considered illiquid.

Primary Meanings of liquid

fluid matter having no fixed shape but a fixed volume
existing as or having characteristics of a liquid; especially tending to flow
smooth and flowing in quality; entirely free of harshness
a frictionless continuant that is not a nasal consonant (especially `l' and `r')
in cash or easily convertible to cash
Full Definitions of liquid

n fluid matter having no fixed shape but a fixed volume

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artificial blood
a liquid that can carry large amounts of oxygen and can serve as a temporary substitute for blood
a sweet flavored liquid (usually containing a small amount of alcohol) used in compounding medicines to be taken by mouth in order to mask an unpleasant taste
H2O, water
binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent
an extravasated liquid (blood or lymph or urine); the product of extravasation
a liquid that is instilled drop by drop
liquid crystal
a liquid exhibiting properties of a crystal that are not shown by ordinary liquids
liquid that is spilled
a sterile liquid containing a purified protein derivative of the tuberculosis bacterium; used in the diagnosis of tuberculosis
tap water
water directly from the spigot
bath water
water used for a bath
water in which dishes and cooking utensils are washed
distilled water
water that has been purified by distillation
holy water
water that has been blessed by a priest for use in symbolic purification
ground water, spring water, well water
underground water that is held in the soil and in pervious rocks
hard water
water that contains mineral salts (as calcium and magnesium ions) that limit the formation of lather with soap
solution of calcium hydroxide in water used as an antacid
melted snow or ice
brine, saltwater, seawater
water containing salts
fresh water, freshwater
water that is not salty
partially melted snow
soft water
water that is not hard (does not contain mineral salts that interfere with the formation of lather with soap)
bilge, bilge water
water accumulated in the bilge of a ship
water of crystallisation, water of crystallization, water of hydration
the water present in hydrated compounds
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continuous amorphous matter that tends to flow and to conform to the outline of its container: a liquid or a gas

n a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure

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beverage, drink, drinkable, potable
any liquid suitable for drinking
a liquid necessary for the life of most animals and plants
the clear liquid that lies above a sediment or precipitate
any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation
ammonia, ammonia water, ammonium hydroxide
a water solution of ammonia
a liquid added to the water in a cooling system to lower its freezing point
distillate, distillation
a purified liquid produced by condensation from a vapor during distilling; the product of distilling
pyroligneous acid, wood vinegar
a red-brown liquid formed in distillation of wood which contains acetic acid, methanol, acetone, wood oils, and tars
a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter
a liquid used for printing or writing or drawing
a thick viscous liquid
a liquid substance that is a solution (or emulsion or suspension) used or obtained in an industrial process
sheep dip
a liquid mixture containing pesticides in which sheep are dipped to kill parasites
snake oil
(medicine) any of various liquids sold as medicine (as by a travelling medicine show) but medically worthless
a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings
any thin watery drink
a medicinal or magical or poisonous beverage
alcohol, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, inebriant, intoxicant
a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent
honey diluted in water; becomes mead when fermented
wine mixed with honey
near beer
drink that resembles beer but with less than 1/2 percent alcohol
ginger beer
carbonated slightly alcoholic drink flavored with fermented ginger
club soda or fruit juice used to mix with alcohol
an iced drink especially white wine and fruit juice
a drink that refreshes
a thick smooth drink consisting of fresh fruit pureed with ice cream or yoghurt or milk
an effervescent beverage (usually alcoholic)
cider, cyder
a beverage made from juice pressed from apples
chocolate, cocoa, drinking chocolate, hot chocolate
a beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar; usually drunk hot
fruit crush, fruit juice
drink produced by squeezing or crushing fruit
ade, fruit drink
a sweetened beverage of diluted fruit juice
South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
soft drink
nonalcoholic beverage (usually carbonated)
coffee, java
a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans
a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water
tea-like drink
a beverage that resembles tea but is not made from tea leaves
branch water
pure natural water from a stream or brook; often distinguished from soda water
spring water
water from a spring
drinking water
water suitable for drinking
methanol, methyl alcohol, wood alcohol, wood spirit
a light volatile flammable poisonous liquid alcohol; used as an antifreeze and solvent and fuel and as a denaturant for ethyl alcohol
ethanol, ethyl alcohol, fermentation alcohol, grain alcohol
the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquors; used pure or denatured as a solvent or in medicines and colognes and cleaning solutions and rocket fuel; proposed as a renewable clean-burning additive to gasoline
isopropanol, isopropyl alcohol
alcohol used as antifreeze or a solvent
allyl alcohol, propenyl alcohol
an unsaturated primary alcohol present in wood spirit; use to make resins and plasticizers and pharmaceuticals
amyl alcohol
a mixture of 2 or more isomeric alcohols; used as a solvent and in organic synthesis
butanol, butyl alcohol
a flammable alcohol derived from butanes and used for solvents
a colorless oily alcohol that smells like camphor
dihydric alcohol, diol, glycol
any of a class of alcohols having 2 hydroxyl groups in each molecule
ethanediol, ethylene glycol, glycol
a sweet but poisonous syrupy liquid used as an antifreeze and solvent
propanediol, propylene glycol
a sweet colorless, viscous, hygroscopic liquid used as an antifreeze and in brake fluid and also as a humectant in cosmetics and personal care items although it can be absorbed through the skin with harmful effects
glycerin, glycerine, glycerol
a sweet syrupy trihydroxy alcohol obtained by saponification of fats and oils
indelible ink
ink that cannot be erased or washed away
India ink, drawing ink
a black liquid ink used for printing or writing or drawing
magnetic ink
an ink that contains particles of a magnetic substance whose presence can be detected by magnetic sensors
printer's ink, printing ink
a semisolid quick drying ink made especially for use in printing
writing ink
any permanent or washable ink used with pens
1-dodecanol, lauryl alcohol
a colorless insoluble solid alcohol used to make detergents and pharmaceuticals
magilp, megilp
a medium for oil-paints; linseed oil mixed with mastic varnish or turpentine
propanol, propyl alcohol
a clear colorless volatile liquid (alcohol) used as a solvent and antiseptic
steroid alcohol, sterol
any of a group of natural steroid alcohols derived from plants or animals; they are waxy insoluble substances
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a substance that is fluid at room temperature and pressure

n the state in which a substance exhibits a characteristic readiness to flow with little or no tendency to disperse and relatively high incompressibility

liquid state, liquidity, liquidness
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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)

adj existing as or having characteristics of a liquid; especially tending to flow

“water and milk and blood are liquid substances”
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
somewhat liquid
relating to or resembling or consisting of water
of definite shape and volume; firm; neither liquid nor gaseous
existing as or having characteristics of a gas
resisting weight or pressure
coagulated, solidified
changed into a solid mass
formed by the coalescence of particles
congealed, jelled, jellied
congealed into jelly; solidified by cooling
used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones
partly solid; having a rigidity and viscosity intermediate between a solid and a liquid
consisting of semiconductor materials and components and related devices
characteristic of or relating to the physical properties of solid materials especially electromagnetic or thermodynamic or structural properties of crystalline solids
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
drawn off in the form of vapor
gasified, vaporized, vapourised, volatilised, volatilized
converted into a gas or vapor
resembling gas
vaporific, vaporish, vaporous, vapourific, vapourish, vapourous
resembling or characteristic of vapor
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adj changed from a solid to a liquid state

liquified, melted
not frozen
(of solid matter) reduced to a liquid form
capable of being melted and fused
liquefied, liquified, molten
reduced to liquid form by heating
no longer frozen solid
not melted
turned into ice; affected by freezing or by long and severe cold
not thawed
retaining a solid form
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adj filled or brimming with tears

“sorrow made the eyes of many grow liquid
filled with or marked by tears

adj clear and bright

“the liquid air of a spring morning”
“eyes shining with a liquid luster”
allowing light to pass through

adj smooth and flowing in quality; entirely free of harshness

“the liquid song of a robin”
characteristic of or resembling or accompanied by music

adj smooth and unconstrained in movement

“the liquid grace of a ballerina”
fluent, fluid, smooth
characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution

n a frictionless continuant that is not a nasal consonant (especially `l' and `r')

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a speech sound that is not a vowel

adj in cash or easily convertible to cash

free or available for use or disposition

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