Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not rigid: a nonrigid frame.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a lighter-than-air aircraft that holds its shape by gas pressure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. not rigid; flexible
  • adj. That maintains its shape only by internal gas pressure

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not rigid; especially, designating an airship having a shape maintained only by internal gas pressure and without a supporting structure. Opposite of rigid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. designating an airship having a shape maintained only by internal gas pressure and without a supporting structure

Etymologies

non- +‎ rigid (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Voiced plosives," we're told, "are like rigid, elastic hits, and unvoiced plosives like nonrigid, inelastic hits."

    A Sound Check For the Ages

  • The key is to identify an activity that resonates for your child, and to have a nonrigid notion of the word sport.

    Dr. Terri Orbuch: How to Raise an Athlete -- and Why You Should

  • ˜Lumpl™ are nonrigid shorthand for descriptions like

    Rigid Designators

  • On this suggestion, since ˜Petrarch™ shares the content of the rigid description, it also shares the content of the nonrigid description.

    Rigid Designators

  • Braces divide nonrigid rectangular areas into rigid triangular trusses.

    BUILDING THE TIMBER FRAME HOUSE

  • As we flew over East Hampton on the following afternoon, we were surprised to see five fully inflated air-ships of the nonrigid Parseval type floating in the blue sky, like grim sentinels guarding the German fleet.

    The Conquest of America A Romance of Disaster and Victory

  • The research to develop the sock-pairing technology, which began in July, was a continuation of research Abbeel presented in April, where he demonstrated that a robot could deal with nonrigid objects by programming it to fold towels.

    ACM TechNews

  • In 1921, the Navy flew the first nonrigid dirigible to use helium; the C-7 traveled from

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Because "questions of method arise in context" (198), what best serves this stone is, according to Hacking, "ecumenical descriptive epistemology with hardly any normative implications" (199), a multiple-perspective and nonrigid approach that traces the alliances and networks that enable facts to emerge and to endure.

    In the Middle

  • Unwarping confocal microscopy images of bee brains by nonrigid registration to a magnetic resonance microscopy image Analysis of nerve fibers and their distribution in histologic sections of the human brain

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