American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not flexible or pliant; stiff.
- adj. Not moving; fixed.
- adj. Marked by a lack of flexibility; rigorous and exacting: "We have watered down a rigid training . . . until we now have an educational diet in many of our public high schools that nourishes neither the classes nor the masses” ( Agnes Meyer).
- adj. Scrupulously maintained or performed: rigid discipline. See Synonyms at stiff.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Stiff; not pliant or easily bent; not plastic or easily molded; resisting any change of form when acted upon by force; hard.
- Not easily driven back or thrust out of place; unyielding; firm.
- Not easily wrought upon or affected; inflexible; hence, harsh; severe; rigorous; rigorously framed or executed: as, a rigid sentence; rigid criticism.
- Strict in opinion, conduct, discipline, or observance; uncompromising; scrupulously exact or exacting: as, a rigid disciplinarian; a rigid Calvinist.
- Stiff in outline or aspect; harsh; hard; rugged; without smoothness, softness, or delicacy of appearance.
- Sharp; severe; bitter; cruel.
- In dynamics: Absolutely incapable of being strained.
- Resisting stresses.
- Synonyms and Severe, Rigorous, etc. (see austere), inflexible, unbending, unyielding.
- adj. Stiff, rather than flexible.
- adj. Fixed, rather than moving.
- adj. Rigorous and unbending.
- adj. Uncompromising.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Firm; stiff; unyielding; not pliant; not flexible.
- adj. Hence, not lax or indulgent; severe; inflexible; strict.
- adj. incapable of compromise or flexibility
- adj. fixed and unmoving
- adj. designating an airship or dirigible having a form maintained by a stiff unyielding frame or structure
- adj. incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances
- adj. incapable of or resistant to bending
- From Latin rigidus ("stiff"), from rigere ("to be stiff"), probably originally "to be straight"; compare rectus ("straight"), from regere ("to stretch"); see regent and right. Compare rigor. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English rigide, from Latin rigidus, from rigēre, to be stiff; see reig- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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