What does liquid mean?

Definitions for liquid
ˈlɪk wɪdliq·uid

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. liquid(noun)

    a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure

  2. liquid, liquidness, liquidity, liquid state(noun)

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

  3. liquid(noun)

    fluid matter having no fixed shape but a fixed volume

  4. liquid(adj)

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

  5. liquid(adj)

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

    "water and milk and blood are liquid substances"

  6. liquid, swimming(adj)

    filled or brimming with tears

    "swimming eyes"; "sorrow made the eyes of many grow liquid"

  7. liquid, limpid(adj)

    clear and bright

    "the liquid air of a spring morning"; "eyes shining with a liquid luster"; "limpid blue eyes"

  8. melted, liquid, liquified(adj)

    changed from a solid to a liquid state

    "rivers filled to overflowing by melted snow"

  9. liquid(adj)

    smooth and flowing in quality; entirely free of harshness

    "the liquid song of a robin"

  10. fluent, fluid, liquid, smooth(adj)

    smooth and unconstrained in movement

    "a long, smooth stride"; "the fluid motion of a cat"; "the liquid grace of a ballerina"

  11. fluid, liquid(adj)

    in cash or easily convertible to cash

    "liquid (or fluid) assets"


  1. Liquid(a.)

    (Finance) In cash or readily convertible into cash without loss of principle; -- said of assets, such as bank accounts, or short-term bonds tradable on a major stock exchange.

  2. Origin: [L. liquidus, fr. liquere to be fluid or liquid; cf. Skr. r to ooze, drop, l to melt.]


  1. liquid(Noun)

    A substance that is flowing, and keeping no shape, such as water; a substance of which the molecules, while not tending to separate from one another like those of a gas, readily change their relative position, and which therefore retains no definite shape, except that determined by the containing receptacle; an inelastic fluid.

    A liquid can freeze to become a solid or evaporate into a gas.

  2. liquid(Noun)

    An l or r sound.

  3. liquid(Adjective)

    Flowing freely like water; fluid; not solid and not gaseous; composed of particles that move freely among each other on the slightest pressure.

    liquid nitrogen

  4. liquid(Adjective)

    Easily sold or disposed of without losing value.

  5. liquid(Adjective)

    Having sufficient trading activity to make buying or selling easy.

  6. Origin: From liquide, from liquide, from liquidus, from liquere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Liquid(adj)

    flowing freely like water; fluid; not solid

  2. Liquid(adj)

    being in such a state that the component parts move freely among themselves, but do not tend to separate from each other as the particles of gases and vapors do; neither solid nor aeriform; as, liquid mercury, in distinction from mercury solidified or in a state of vapor

  3. Liquid(adj)

    flowing or sounding smoothly or without abrupt transitions or harsh tones

  4. Liquid(adj)

    pronounced without any jar or harshness; smooth; as, l and r are liquid letters

  5. Liquid(adj)

    fluid and transparent; as, the liquid air

  6. Liquid(adj)

    clear; definite in terms or amount

  7. Liquid(noun)

    a substance whose parts change their relative position on the slightest pressure, and therefore retain no definite form; any substance in the state of liquidity; a fluid that is not aeriform

  8. Liquid(noun)

    a letter which has a smooth, flowing sound, or which flows smoothly after a mute; as, l and r, in bla, bra. M and n also are called liquids

  9. Origin: [L. liquidus, fr. liquere to be fluid or liquid; cf. Skr. r to ooze, drop, l to melt.]


  1. Liquid

    Liquid is one of the four fundamental states of matter, and is the only state with a definite volume but no fixed shape. A liquid is made up of tiny vibrating particles of matter, such as atoms and molecules, held together by intramolecular bonds. Water is, by far, the most common liquid on Earth. Like a gas, a liquid is able to flow and take the shape of a container. Some liquids resist compression, while others can be compressed. Unlike a gas, a liquid does not disperse to fill every space of a container, and maintains a fairly constant density. A distinctive property of the liquid state is surface tension, leading to wetting phenomena. The density of a liquid is usually close to that of a solid, and much higher than in a gas. Therefore, liquid and solid are both termed condensed matter. On the other hand, as liquids and gases share the ability to flow, they are both called fluids. Although liquid water is abundant on Earth, this state of matter is actually the least common in the known universe, because liquids require a relatively narrow temperature/pressure range to exist. Most known matter in the universe is in gaseous form as interstellar clouds or in plasma form within stars.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Liquid

    lik′wid, adj. flowing: fluid: soft: smooth: clear.—n. a flowing substance: a letter of a smooth flowing sound, coalescing easily with a preceding mute, l, m, n, r.—adj. Liq′uidable.—v.t. Liq′uidate, to make clear, esp. to clear or settle an account: to arrange or wind up the affairs of a bankrupt estate.—ns. Liquidā′tion, the clearing up of the money affairs, esp. the adjustment of the affairs of a bankrupt estate; Liquidāt′or, one engaged in a liquidation.—v.t. Liq′uidise, to render liquid.—n. Liquid′ity.—adv. Liq′uidly.—n. Liq′uidness. [Fr.,—L. liquidus, fluid—liquēre, to be fluid.]

Editors Contribution

  1. liquid

    Is a fluid of particles of matter, such as atoms and molecules, held together by intramolecular bonds with a consistency and volume.

    Liquids have a variety of uses, as lubricants, solvents, and coolants. In hydraulic systems, liquid is used to transmit power. Water is, by far, the most common liquid on Earth. Like a gas, a liquid is able to flow and take the shape of a container.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 23, 2015  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'liquid' in Nouns Frequency: #2269

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    Rank popularity for the word 'liquid' in Adjectives Frequency: #880

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of liquid in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of liquid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of liquid in a Sentence

  1. Fabrice:

    Water...That fishy liquid that makes Pastis cloudy!

  2. Dan Webb:

    One is crystal, one is liquid. They both are sugars.

  3. Frank Lipman:

    It’s like a liquid multi-vitamin full of antioxidants.

  4. Hope Arnold:

    And then he handed me a bottle of liquid morphine. He said, 'You might need it.'.

  5. Lupita Nyong ':

    We talked about it being fluid and liquid, i wanted it to be an homage to the sea.

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