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.

Definitions of solid
  1. adjective
    not soft or yielding to pressure
    solid ground”
    synonyms: firm
    hard
    resisting weight or pressure
  2. adjective
    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
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    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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  3. adjective
    having three dimensions
    “a solid object”
    Synonyms:
    cubic, three-dimensional
    having three dimensions
  4. noun
    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
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    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)
  5. noun
    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
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    matter
    that which has mass and occupies space
  6. noun
    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
  7. adjective
    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
  8. adjective
    of the same color throughout
    solid color”
    synonyms: self-colored, self-coloured
    homogeneous, homogenous
    all of the same or similar kind or nature
  9. adjective
    entirely of one substance with no holes inside
    “a solid block of wood”
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    massive
    being the same substance throughout
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    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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  10. adjective
    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
  11. adjective
    acting together as a single undiversified whole
    “a solid voting bloc”
    synonyms: unanimous, whole
    undiversified
    not diversified
  12. adjective
    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
  13. adjective
    of good quality and condition; solidly built
    “a solid foundation”
    synonyms: strong, substantial
    sound
    in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay
  14. adjective
    meriting respect or esteem
    synonyms: upstanding
    respectable
    characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals
  15. adjective
    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
  16. adjective
    providing abundant nourishment
    “good solid food”
    synonyms: hearty, satisfying, square, substantial
    wholesome
    conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being
  17. adjective
    impenetrable for the eye
    solid blackness”
    Synonyms:
    opaque
    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
  18. adjective
    financially sound
    “the bank is solid and will survive this attack”
    Synonyms:
    sound
    financially secure and safe
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