American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Intermediate in properties, especially in rigidity, between solids and liquids.
- n. A semisolid substance, such as a stiff dough or firm gelatin.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A surface composed of facets, like a geometrical solid, but not closing so as to inclose space.
- adj. Having properties that partially resemble those of a solid; having properties between those of a solid and those of a liquid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Partially solid.
- adj. partly solid; having a rigidity and viscosity intermediate between a solid and a liquid
- From semi- + solid. (Wiktionary)
“A process that uses algae-based gellifiers and calcium carbonate to turn liquids into semisolid globules, spherification is one of the signature techniques of elBulli.”
“Agar-agar can turn most any liquid into something semisolid and, unlike gelatin, will maintain its texture even when heated.”
“Mousse cake: In a siphon, Ms. Wong adds a batter made from chocolate, Evian water and egg whites, and freezes the entire mixture until it is chilled and semisolid scoopable, like ice cream.”
“Would a blended fruit smoothie rate with semisolid foods then?”
“The findings are clear: consumption of an energy-yielding beverage either with a meal or as a snack poses a greater risk for promoting positive energy balance than eating the same amount of semisolid or solid calories.”
“In this carefully conducted crossover study, 20 normal-weight and 20 obese adults were given 300-kCal loads of a solid (apple), semisolid (apple sauce), or beverage (apple juice) at a meal or 2 hours after a meal as a snack.”
“Whether consumed with a meal or alone as a snack, the beverage elicited the weakest (negative) appetitive response, the solid food form elicited the strongest appetitive response and the semisolid response was intermediate.”
“How does this “semisolid molecular condom” get removed?”
“Gently scrape semisolid fabrics with the edge of rounded spoon.”
“The camo was just starting to fray when she pushed through the semisolid wall that was the inside edge of the membrane.”
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