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solid   WordNet 2.0

- a three-dimensional shape

 
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- 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

 
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- a substance that is solid at room temperature and pressure

 
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- uninterrupted in space

- having no gaps or breaks
"a solid line across the page"
"solid sheets of water"

 
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- incapable of being seen through
"solid blackness"

 
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- having three dimensions
"a solid object"

 
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- acting together as a single undiversified whole
"a solid voting bloc"

 
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- of good substantial quality
"solid comfort"
"a solid base hit"

 
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- not soft or yielding to pressure
"a firm mattress"
"the snow was firm underfoot"
"solid ground"

 
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- of one substance or character throughout
"solid gold"
"a solid color"
"carved out of solid rock"

 
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- having high moral qualities
"a noble spirit"
"a solid citizen"
"an upstanding man"
"a worthy successor"

 
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- entirely of a single color throughout
"a solid fabric"

 
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- of definite shape and volume

- firm

- neither liquid nor gaseous
"ice is water in the solid state"

 
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- entirely of one substance with no holes inside
"solid silver"
"a solid block of wood"

 
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- of good quality and condition

- solidly built
"a solid foundation"
"several substantial timber buildings"

 
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- providing abundant nourishment
"a hearty meal"
"good solid food"
"ate a substantial breakfast"

 
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Solid   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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

3. (Arith.) Having all the geometrical dimensions; cubic; as, a solid foot contains 1,728 solid inches.

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In this sense, cubics now generally used.

4. Firm; compact; strong; stable; unyielding; as, a solid pier; a solid pile; a solid wall.

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

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

"The solid purpose of a sincere and virtuous answer." -- Milton.

"These, wanting wit, affect gravity, and go by the name of solid men." -- Dryden.

"The genius of the Italians wrought by solid toil what the myth-making imagination of the Germans had projected in a poem." -- J. A. Symonds.

7. Sound; not weakly; as, a solid constitution of body. I. Watts.

8. (Bot.) Of a fleshy, uniform, undivided substance, as a bulb or root; not spongy or hollow within, as a stem.

9. (Metaph.) 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. (Print.) Not having the lines separated by leads; not open.

11. United; without division; unanimous; as, the delegation is solid for a candidate. [Polit. Cant. U.S.]

Solid angle
(Geom.) See under Angle.

Solid color
an even color; one not shaded or variegated.

Solid green
See Emerald green (a), under Green.

Solid measure
(Arith.), a measure for volumes, in which the units are each a cube of fixed linear magnitude, as a cubic foot, yard, or the like; thus, a foot, in solid measure, or a solid foot, contains 1,728 solid inches.

Solid newel
(Arch.), a newel into which the ends of winding stairs are built, in distinction from a hollow newel. See under Hollow, a.

Solid problem
(Geom.), a problem which can be construed geometrically, only by the intersection of a circle and a conic section or of two conic sections. Hutton.

Solid square
(Mil.), a square body or troops in which the ranks and files are equal.

Syn. -- Hard; firm; compact; strong; substantial; stable; sound; real; valid; true; just; weighty; profound; grave; important. -- Solid, Hard. These words both relate to the internal constitution of bodies; but hardnotes a more impenetrable nature or a firmer adherence of the component parts than solid. Hard is opposed to soft, and solid to fluid, liquid, open, or hollow. Wood is usually solid; but some kinds of wood are hard, and others are soft.

"Repose you there; while I [return] to this hard house, More harder than the stones whereof 't is raised." -- Shak.

"I hear his thundering voice resound, And trampling feet than shake the solid ground." -- Dryden.

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

2. (Geom.) A magnitude which has length, breadth, and thickness; a part of space bounded on all sides.

Solid of revolution
(Geom.) See Revolution, n., 5.

 
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