What does solid mean?

Definitions for solid
ˈsɒl ɪdsol·id

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. solidnoun

    matter that is solid at room temperature and pressure

  2. solid, solidness, solid statenoun

    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

  3. solidadjective

    a three-dimensional shape

  4. solidadjective

    characterized by good substantial quality

    "solid comfort"; "a solid base hit"

  5. solidadjective

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

    "ice is water in the solid state"

  6. solidadjective

    entirely of one substance with no holes inside

    "a solid block of wood"

  7. solidadjective

    of one substance or character throughout

    "solid gold"; "carved out of solid rock"

  8. solidadjective

    uninterrupted in space; having no gaps or breaks

    "a solid line across the page"; "solid sheets of water"

  9. hearty, satisfying, solid, square, substantialadjective

    providing abundant nourishment

    "a hearty meal"; "good solid food"; "ate a substantial breakfast"; "four square meals a day"

  10. solid, strong, substantialadjective

    of good quality and condition; solidly built

    "a solid foundation"; "several substantial timber buildings"

  11. firm, solidadjective

    not soft or yielding to pressure

    "a firm mattress"; "the snow was firm underfoot"; "solid ground"

  12. solidadjective

    having three dimensions

    "a solid object"

  13. solidadjective

    impenetrable for the eye

    "solid blackness"

  14. solidadjective

    financially sound

    "the bank is solid and will survive this attack"

  15. solidadjective

    of a substantial character and not frivolous or superficial

    "work of solid scholarship"; "based on solid facts"

  16. upstanding, solidadjective

    meriting respect or esteem

    "an upstanding member of the community"

  17. solid, self-colored, self-colouredadjective

    of the same color throughout

    "solid color"

  18. solid, unanimous, wholeadjective

    acting together as a single undiversified whole

    "a solid voting bloc"


  1. solidnoun

    A substance in the fundamental state of matter that retains its size and shape without need of a container (as opposed to a liquid or gas).

  2. solidnoun

    A three-dimensional figure (as opposed to a surface, an area, or a curve).

  3. solidnoun

    Favor; a solid: a favor, a helpful deed; in solid: in favor.

  4. solidnoun

    An article of clothing which is of a single color throughout.

    I prefer solids over paisleys.

  5. solidnoun

    Food which is not liquid-based.

    The doctor said I can't eat any solids four hours before the operation.

  6. solidadverb

    Without spaces or hyphens.

    Many long-established compounds are set solid.

  7. solidadjective

    In the solid state; not fluid.

  8. solidadjective

    Large, massive.

  9. solidadjective

    Lacking holes or hollows; as solid gold, solid chocolate.

  10. solidadjective

    Strong or unyielding; as a solid foundation.

  11. solidadjective

    Excellent, of high quality, or Infallible (hyperbole); a filling meal, foolproof concept, sound idea, notable work of art, or a person with integrity.

  12. solidadjective

    Written as one word, without spaces or hyphens.

    American English writes many words as solid that British English hyphenates.

  13. solidadjective

    Being of a single color throughout.

  14. Etymology: From solide (as an adjective), from solidus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SOLIDadjective

    Etymology: solidus, Latin; solide, French.

    Land that ever burn’d
    With solid, as the lake with liquid fire. John Milton.

    I hear his thund’ring voice resound,
    And trampling feet that shake the solid ground. Dryden.

    In a solid foot are 1728 solid inches, weighing 76 pound of rain water. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    The duke’s new palace is a noble pile built after this manner, which makes it look very solid and majestick. Addison.

    If persons devote themselves to science, they should be well assured of a solid and strong constitution of body, to bear the fatigue. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    This might satisfy sober and wise men, not with soft and specious words, but with pregnant and solid reasons. Charles I .

    The earth may of solid good contain
    More plenty than the sun. John Milton.

    These, wanting wit, affect gravity, and go by the name of solid men; and a solid man is, in plain English, a solid solemn fool. Dryden.

  2. Solidnoun

    In physick. The part containing the fluids.

    The first and most simple solids of our body are perhaps merely terrestrial, and incapable of any change or disease. Arb.


  1. Solid

    Solid is one of the four fundamental states of matter (the others being liquid, gas and plasma). The molecules in a solid are closely packed together and contain the least amount of kinetic energy. A solid is characterized by structural rigidity and resistance to a force applied to the surface. Unlike a liquid, a solid object does not flow to take on the shape of its container, nor does it expand to fill the entire available volume like a gas. The atoms in a solid are bound to each other, either in a regular geometric lattice (crystalline solids, which include metals and ordinary ice), or irregularly (an amorphous solid such as common window glass). Solids cannot be compressed with little pressure whereas gases can be compressed with little pressure because the molecules in a gas are loosely packed. The branch of physics that deals with solids is called solid-state physics, and is the main branch of condensed matter physics (which also includes liquids). Materials science is primarily concerned with the physical and chemical properties of solids. Solid-state chemistry is especially concerned with the synthesis of novel materials, as well as the science of identification and chemical composition.


  1. solid

    A solid is a state of matter characterized by its rigidity and resistance to changes in shape or volume. Unlike a liquid, a solid object does not flow to take on the shape of its container, nor does it expand to fill the entire available volume. The atoms or molecules in a solid are tightly packed together and often arranged in a regular pattern, resulting in its firm shape. Some common examples of solids include wood, metal, and glass.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Solidadjective

    having the constituent parts so compact, or so firmly adhering, as to resist the impression or penetration of other bodies; having a fixed form; hard; firm; compact; -- opposed to fluid and liquid or to plastic, like clay, or to incompact, like sand

  2. Solidadjective

    not hollow; full of matter; as, a solid globe or cone, as distinguished from a hollow one; not spongy; dense; hence, sometimes, heavy

  3. Solidadjective

    having all the geometrical dimensions; cubic; as, a solid foot contains 1,728 solid inches

  4. Solidadjective

    firm; compact; strong; stable; unyielding; as, a solid pier; a solid pile; a solid wall

  5. Solidadjective

    applied to a compound word whose parts are closely united and form an unbroken word; -- opposed to hyphened

  6. Solidadjective

    fig.: Worthy of credit, trust, or esteem; substantial, as opposed to frivolous or fallacious; weighty; firm; strong; valid; just; genuine

  7. Solidadjective

    sound; not weakly; as, a solid constitution of body

  8. Solidadjective

    of a fleshy, uniform, undivided substance, as a bulb or root; not spongy or hollow within, as a stem

  9. Solidadjective

    impenetrable; resisting or excluding any other material particle or atom from any given portion of space; -- applied to the supposed ultimate particles of matter

  10. Solidadjective

    not having the lines separated by leads; not open

  11. Solidadjective

    united; without division; unanimous; as, the delegation is solid for a candidate

  12. Solidnoun

    a substance that is held in a fixed form by cohesion among its particles; a substance not fluid

  13. Solidnoun

    a magnitude which has length, breadth, and thickness; a part of space bounded on all sides


  1. Solid

    Solid is one of the four fundamental states of matter. It is characterized by structural rigidity and resistance to changes of shape or volume. Unlike a liquid, a solid object does not flow to take on the shape of its container, nor does it expand to fill the entire volume available to it like a gas does. The atoms in a solid are tightly bound to each other, either in a regular geometric lattice or irregularly. The branch of physics that deals with solids is called solid-state physics, and is the main branch of condensed matter physics. Materials science is primarily concerned with the physical and chemical properties of solids. Solid-state chemistry is especially concerned with the synthesis of novel materials, as well as the science of identification and chemical composition.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Solid

    sol′id, adj. having the parts firmly adhering: hard: compact: full of matter: not hollow: strong: having length, breadth, and thickness (opposed to a mere surface): cubic: substantial, reliable, worthy of credit, satisfactory: weighty: of uniform undivided substance: financially sound, wealthy: unanimous, smooth, unbroken, unvaried.—n. a substance having the parts firmly adhering together: a firm, compact body—opp. to Fluid.—ns. Solidā′go, a genus of composite plants, the goldenrods; Solidare, sol′idār (Shak.), a small piece of money; Solidar′ity, the being made solid or compact: the being bound: a consolidation or oneness of interests.—adj. Sol′idary, marked by solidarity, jointly responsible.—v.t. Sol′idate, to make solid or firm.—adj. Solid′ifiable.—n. Solidificā′tion, act of making solid or hard.—v.t. Solid′ify, to make solid or compact.—v.i. to grow solid: to harden:—pa.p. solid′ified.ns. Sol′idism, the doctrine that refers all diseases to alterations of the solid parts of the body; Sol′idist, a believer in the foregoing; Solid′ity, the state of being solid: fullness of matter: strength or firmness, moral or physical: soundness: (geom.) the solid content of a body.—adv. Sol′idly.—n. Sol′idness.—Solid colour, a colour covering the whole of an object: a uniform colour; Solid matter (print.), matter set without leads between the lines.—Be solid for (U.S.), to be hearty or unanimous in favour of; Be solid with (U.S.), to have a firm footing with. [Fr.,—L. solidus, solid.]

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  1. Solid

    applied to an organ usually jointed, when these joints form into one mass; e.g. the capitulum of certain clavate antennae.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SOLID

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Solid is ranked #113155 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Solid surname appeared 155 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Solid.

    47.7% or 74 total occurrences were White.
    43.8% or 68 total occurrences were Black.
    6.4% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'solid' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2901

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'solid' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3154

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'solid' in Adjectives Frequency: #389

Anagrams for solid »

  1. diols

  2. idols

  3. lidos

  4. soldi

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of solid in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of solid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of solid in a Sentence

  1. American Langley -LRB- 69 -RRB-:

    I was n’t really sharp off the tee and left a lot of putts short but overall it was a solid score.

  2. Mike Sullivan:

    They're two generational talents, so those guys aren't easy to replace, i think that speaks for itself. Having said that, whenever players go down from an injury standpoint, it's going to provide opportunity for others. They need to step up. They've got to take advantage of it. That's the nature of pro sports. So we've got some young guys that we're excited about who have showed glimpses of pretty solid hockey, and we'll see which guys can step up and contribute to help us win games.

  3. Tai Lopez:

    We look forward to building upon the solid foundation of existing Steinmart.com customers and introducing new loyalists to the brand by improving the online shopping experience, broadening the merchandise mix and deploying targeted social media marketing campaigns.

  4. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

  5. Lenovo Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing:

    It doesn't mean we are giving up on the China market, but we believe once we build a solid foundation in the global market, we have a better chance to win back in China.

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  • صُلبArabic
  • sòlidCatalan, Valencian
  • solidní, pevný, stabilní, tuhýCzech
  • grundig, fast, tæt, kompakt, grundfæstet, stof, solid, massivDanish
  • Festkörper, einfarbig, massiv, fest, kompakt, solide, deftig, Körper, zusammengeschrieben, robust, bündigGerman
  • στερεό, γερός, στερεός, συμπαγής, ατόφιοςGreek
  • sólido, masivo, cuerpoSpanish
  • جامد, صلبPersian
  • kiinteä, kiinteä aine, kiintoaine, täyttävä, vankka, tukeva, jyhkeä, jykevä, tanakka, vakaa, eheä, massiivinen, kappale, yhteenkirjoitettu, pitävä, täysi, aukoton, yksivärinenFinnish
  • solide, plein, pleine, massifFrench
  • soladach, soladIrish
  • מוצק, אטוםHebrew
  • ठोसHindi
  • szilárdHungarian
  • կարծր, պինդ, երկրաչափական մարմինArmenian
  • padat, kokohIndonesian
  • storkuhamurIcelandic
  • massiccio, solido, compatto, tinta unita, tinta unicaItalian
  • 固体, 堅実な, 詰まった, 確実な, ソリッドなJapanese
  • អង្គធាតុរឹងKhmer
  • 틀림없다, 굳다, 고체, 固体, 굳세다, 단단하다, 입체, 立体Korean
  • cietsLatvian
  • totoka, tūmārōMāori
  • pejal, kukuh, pepejalMalay
  • solide, egaal, massief, vast, zwaar, effen, gegrond, stevig, aaneengeschreven, steekhoudendDutch
  • solid, kompakt, kraftig, massiv, fastNorwegian
  • solidny, ciało stałe, masywny, rzetelny, sycący, stały, bryłaPolish
  • sólido, sólidaPortuguese
  • qaqaQuechua
  • solid, plin, temeinic, masiv, compactRomanian
  • сытный, массивный, твёрдый, твёрдое тело, сплошной, солидный, крупный, цельный, крепкий, пишущийся слитно, монолитный, тело, прочный, геометрическое тело, одноцветныйRussian
  • krupno, čvrsto, kršno, tvrdoSerbo-Croatian
  • pevný, pevná látka, telesoSlovak
  • gedigen, solid, massiv, kropp, fast, mättande, fast form, fast ämneSwedish
  • పేద్ద, దిట్టము, ఘన పదార్ధం, ఘనTelugu
  • katıTurkish

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