Adjective "solid" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Firm and stable in shape; not liquid or fluid.
  1. 'solid fuels'
  2. 'They were both found to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning from their solid fuel boiler.'
  3. 'Time for a nice warming brew then - well, perhaps not - first of all everything liquid was frozen solid, and that even included the cooking oil.'
  4. 'The solid paraffin melts, changing into a thick molasses-like liquid.'
  5. 'Particulate air pollution is a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets that vary in size, composition, and origin.'
  6. 'Because solid propellant is so stable in storage, the missile can be stored almost indefinitely and yet be ready to launch on short notice.'
  7. 'The tar consists of solid particles and vapors that condense to liquid as they contact the cooler filter.'
  8. 'This process would produce a substance that remained liquid when hot and solid when cooled.'
  9. 'You've learned that the Universe is a solid structure and so you've resigned to it, but the Universe is not exactly solid, it is fluid.'
  10. 'As a result, the calcium carbonate comes out of solution and is left behind as a tiny bit of solid calcium carbonate.'
  11. 'Hydrocarbons range from natural gas, through light and heavy liquids to solid tars and bitumen.'
  12. 'Stacking large slabs on one another against a spine of uprights within a revetment wall seems a very effective way to create an illusion of a well built and solid cairn.'
  13. 'I'm nearly six feet of solid girl with large hips and long legs!'
  14. 'The material wedged into a solid cradle at its base, ballast to prevent its tipping, must have been shattered by the force of its fall.'
  15. 'You cannot build a skyscraper without a solid foundation, strong steel and good building materials.'
  16. 'At 39, he is six foot plus of solid framework, with a short, brush-spiked crew-cut and a welcoming smile.'
  17. 'Stand-ins for the Paramount movie logo, they represent, like the original, an idealised America: solid, strong, historic.'
  18. 'They made handguns to a high standard and of a strong, solid frame design.'
  19. 'It's possible that she could compete at 18 as a solid six footer.'
  20. 'Her voice was solid and strong, but her eyes were spilling tears.'
  21. 'The leather steering wheel is bigger than the average, the door handles strong and solid and the pedals sporty.'
Having three dimensions.
  1. 'He also gives rules for measuring both plane and solid figures, often using arches as examples.'
  2. 'Take a solid object, such as a cube which has width, length, and height.'
  3. 'This is the first solid figure, the three-dimensional form of the triangle.'
  4. 'In the Republic, Plato is critical of the solid geometry of his day, but his criticism makes no mention of the use of instruments.'
  5. 'He goes on to consider solid geometry giving results on prisms, cylinders, and spheres.'
  6. 'We are not yet collectively convinced that the need is compelling, despite the wide applicability of fluid and solid mechanics.'
Not hollow or containing spaces or gaps.
  1. 'a solid mass of flowers'
  2. 'In the process of being buried under other sediments, these ooids can fuse into a solid mass of sedimentary rock called oolite.'
  3. 'Right now, in a factory in the Far East, a 6ft-high solid bronze sculpture of an animal is being made for the garden.'
  4. 'That means there is about one inch of dirt before you hit solid rock.'
  5. 'We think that rocks and crystals are solid when in fact they were made up mostly of spaces in between atoms, he argued.'
  6. 'The opening shower didn't feel like rain, it was more like a solid mass of water that fell, hit the roofs and the streets and rebounded into a spray that hung around our ankles.'
  7. 'It would be better if it were backed with a sturdy door of solid American oak that could be slammed shut and dead-bolted when necessary.'
  8. 'The road from the railway war memorial to Lendal Bridge was a solid mass of people who surged after the limousine towards the city centre.'
  9. 'The computational domain is limited to a quadrant of the solid rock mass including the shaft bottom.'
  10. 'Apart from being very difficult to cast a solid bronze figure without distortion, the weight would be a major problem.'
  11. 'A solid mass of white water surged around great pinnacles of rock, over a hundred feet below me.'
  12. 'solid silver cutlery'
  13. 'On display was a solid silver bitter dish which was presented to the show society over 100 years ago as the perpetual cup for the best dairy cow of any breed or class.'
  14. 'The cup, made from solid silver, has been kindly donated to Cumbria Sport, the organisers of the Games, by the Cumbria Playing Fields Association.'
  15. 'It is a beautiful solid silver trophy, befitting the memory of a great but modest man.'
  16. 'I asked her to imagine beginning with a bridge of solid steel, strong enough so that it wouldn't buckle and collapse as cars drove over it.'
  17. 'All four penthouses have solid beech floors throughout and the other three are extremely bright and have large bay windows.'
  18. 'In this study by IARC, other known carcinogenic substances in solid wood were not identified.'
  19. 'There had been plans to produce a replica in solid silver for Prince John, but he died before it was made.'
  20. 'Furniture is constructed of solid wood and natural materials.'
  21. 'They are fitted out with solid wood floors throughout and marble tiling in the bathrooms and shower rooms.'
  22. 'He came by the solid silver foot-high treasure after it was taken from the ruins of Goering's country home at the end of Second World War by a British soldier.'
  23. 'the solid outline encloses the area within which we measured'
  24. 'The solid lines indicate a relationship of instantiation; the broken line indicates the similarity between the instances.'
  25. 'The red solid line is the driving that will be done.'
  26. 'Inverted repeats are marked with a solid line arrow and stemloops are marked with a dashed line arrow.'
  27. 'The average values for the whole family are indicated with a solid line for identity and dashed line for similarity.'
  28. 'The solid lines correspond to soft selection, while the dashed lines plot hard selection.'
  29. 'Treatments are control (filled diamonds, solid line) and lime (filled squares, dotted line).'
  30. 'Model output is represented by solid lines, gene expression data by dashed lines.'
  31. 'The solid line, the dotted line, and the dashed line represent the cases of, and, respectively.'
  32. 'The solid line represents cumulative fruit size and the dotted line the pressure applied to the roots.'
  33. 'The solid line depicts the normal least squares regression line.'
  34. 'I have been at sea for more than 30 years and on my very first trip I was sick for three days solid.'
  35. 'I'd been among their ranks for a solid six hours by the time we got to question period, and honestly, by this point all I could think about was getting the hell out of there.'
  36. 'No reason at all, unless it was the fact that I had a solid 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep!'
  37. 'Give yourself about six solid months of training to prepare for your first ultra.'
  38. 'This weekend the Cinémathèque québécoise will be presenting a veritable orgy of animation for three days solid.'
  39. '‘I'd been there for three days solid, just waiting for things to fall into place ’, he says.'
  40. 'To achieve all this, we need the solid support of our public.'
  41. 'And I believe there's solid support to enable the President to proceed along these grounds.'
  42. 'This one-time Democratic bill about reforming the accounting industry now has very, very solid support in the Senate.'
  43. 'The controversial talks with Springfield Residents, first revealed on Thursday, are said to have the solid support of the Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast.'
  44. 'Despite his offences against strict conservative doctrine, Lucas retains a solid core of support among the Christian right.'
  45. 'So far, the South Koreans seem solid in their support for the war against Islamofascist terror.'
  46. 'The union said it expected solid support for the latest walkouts against SWT in a long-running dispute over pay and disciplinary procedures.'
  47. 'It also enjoys solid support from gays and Hispanics, the nation's fastest-growing minority.'
  48. 'So far, most polling (no matter how it is spun by the financial press) shows that support for ratifying is solid.'
  49. 'Wellstone's negatives are already high, and political ads aren't likely to dent his solid base of support.'
Dependable; reliable.
  1. 'there is solid evidence of lower inflation'
  2. 'The home side got off to much the better start to this J1 game with their solid defence and strong tackling causing problems for the visitors.'
  3. 'It's built up, as I said, over two or three decades of strong, solid research so if it is the flavour of the day, then there's good reason for it.'
  4. 'The Nissan Cefiros have had a good reputation all over the world as good, solid, reliable and dependable transport.'
  5. 'Aquarius, you only want what every other human being wants: a life that's solid, dependable, and fun.'
  6. 'Camp communities are powerful tools in youth development and solid bridges to building strong communities both in and out of camp.'
  7. 'Limerick can be depended on to be solid in defence and more than competitive at midfield.'
  8. 'All were based on solid research into primary materials.'
  9. 'But while such signs of speculation are troubling, there is little solid evidence that a real estate bubble is puffing up.'
  10. 'They paint the approach as a disarming subterfuge designed to undermine solid evidence that all living things share a common ancestry.'
  11. 'Golborne were kept goalless by a strong midfield and a solid defence.'
  12. 'Matthews has undoubtedly produced a record of solid quality, unable to disappoint even the most intoxicated of frat hopping fans.'
  13. 'They buy strong companies with solid management that have fallen out of favor and hold them until their stock prices climb to the true value.'
  14. 'With good material and a solid director, she shines.'
  15. 'It was a solid finish to a strong quarter for much of the credit market.'
  16. 'The American economy continues on a solid path of recovery.'
  17. 'I was beginning to show fatigue, but he continued on at a solid pace.'
  18. 'The site itself is graphically less impressive, but the material is solid.'
  19. 'Audio/visual quality here is solid, with clean transfer and excellent sound, especially the DTS track.'
  20. 'Having a strong brand identity, solid management and positive cash flow mean a lot if your company is to be the market leader.'
  21. 'Sound quality is solid if unspectacular across the board, though the dialogue is a mite whispery in places.'
On good terms with.
  1. 'And now you're in solid with her because you've got a car.'
Severe; unfair.
  1. 'After this critique of Trotsky, Lenin really comes down solid on him.'


A substance or object that is solid rather than liquid or fluid.
  1. 'I was reminded of high school physics where we learned that solids conduct sound better than both liquids and gases.'
  2. 'First, cells are not linear elastic solids: their continuum response varies with strain.'
  3. 'Although they are called ‘weak’, they are amazingly strong - they can pass through solids without stopping.'
  4. 'Instead, they simply induce small local fluid transits about the surface of the mass of stored solids.'
  5. 'Earlier this year, ammonia and suspended solids came straight from the plant into the river.'
  6. 'It went up forever, but on the bottom there was a ‘bubble’ opening that only solids could pass through.'
  7. 'But then scientists unexpectedly discovered that the only difference between solids and space was the degree to which the same atoms that composed both were packed more or less closely together.'
  8. 'Brattain, Ph.D., was an expert in the nature of the atomic structure of solids at their surface level and solid-state physics.'
  9. 'There is a pipe on it designed to deal with overflow but solids are now coming through and flowing into the river, he said…'
  10. 'In one dock, enough solids accumulated during a single year to advance the low water line 5.4 meters.'
  11. 'Even after ice cream freezes, there is still some available water free to migrate, due to the level of dissolved solids in the mix.'
  12. 'I learned to chew on my left side, and eat only soft foods such as ice cream, rarely touching true solids, like swirls.'
  13. 'One area we're working on at the moment is puréed food for patients who cannot eat solids.'
  14. 'There is no added salt or corn syrup solids.'
  15. 'Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth, discard solids and set aside, keeping warm.'
  16. 'This problem is exacerbated in the fermentation of white grape varieties where, in an attempt to produce a wine with clean, pronounced varietal character, the must is kept highly protected from air and with a very low level of grape solids.'
  17. 'When your baby is ready for solids, making baby food is healthier, eco-friendly, and less expensive than the jars.'
  18. 'My ice creams, like the smoked bacon with pain perdu, are formulaically created to get the right levels of solids in them to stop crystallisation.'
  19. 'His diet should start with liquids, then soft foods, and then solids.'
  20. 'I was in the hospital drinking out of a straw for almost a month and a half since my insides couldn't handle solids.'
A body or geometric figure having three dimensions.
  1. 'Volumes of solids such as prisms, pyramids, tetrahedrons, wedges, cylinders and truncated cones are calculated.'
  2. 'He abandoned his cherished idea of a universe based on geometric solids when it was obvious that it simply did not fit the evidence.'


1. having three dimensions (length, breadth, and thickness), as a geometrical body or figure.

2. of or relating to bodies or figures of three dimensions.

3. having the interior completely filled up, free from cavities, or not hollow: a solid piece of chocolate.

4. without openings or breaks: a solid wall.

5. firm, hard, or compact in substance: solid ground.

6. having relative firmness, coherence of particles, or persistence of form, as matter that is

More examples(as adjective)

"loves can be solid from things."

"euros can be solid as francs."

"volumes can be solid at lots."

"supports can be solid in places."

"volumes can be solid at francs."

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Late Middle English: from Latin solidus; related to salvus ‘safe’ and sollus ‘entire’.


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