from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of definite shape and volume; not liquid or gaseous.
- adj. Firm or compact in substance.
- adj. Not hollowed out: a solid block of wood.
- adj. Being the same substance or color throughout: solid gold.
- adj. Mathematics Of or relating to three-dimensional geometric figures or bodies.
- adj. Having no gaps or breaks; continuous: a solid line of people.
- adj. Of good quality and substance: a solid foundation.
- adj. Substantial; hearty: a solid meal.
- adj. Sound; reliable: solid facts.
- adj. Financially sound.
- adj. Upstanding and dependable: a solid citizen.
- adj. Written without a hyphen or space. For example, the word software is a solid compound.
- adj. Printing Having no leads between the lines.
- adj. Acting together; unanimous: a solid voting bloc.
- adj. Slang Excellent; first-rate.
- n. A substance having a definite shape and volume; one that is neither liquid nor gaseous.
- n. Mathematics A geometric figure having three dimensions.
- adv. As a whole; unanimously: The committee voted solid for the challenger.
- adv. Without a break or opening; completely or continuously: The theater was booked solid for a month.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. In the solid state; not fluid.
- adj. Large, massive.
- adj. Lacking holes or hollows; as solid gold, solid chocolate.
- adj. Strong or unyielding; as a solid foundation.
- adj. Excellent, of high quality, or Infallible (hyperbole); a filling meal, foolproof concept, sound idea, notable work of art, or a person with integrity.
- adj. Written as one word, without spaces or hyphens.
- adj. Being of a single color throughout.
- n. A substance in the fundamental state of matter that retains its size and shape without need of a container (as opposed to a liquid or gas).
- n. A three-dimensional figure (as opposed to a surface, an area, or a curve).
- n. Favor; a solid: a favor, a helpful deed; in solid: in favor.
- n. An article of clothing which is of a single color throughout.
- n. Food which is not liquid-based.
- adv. Without spaces or hyphens.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. 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
fluidand liquidor to plastic, like clay, or to incompact, like sand.
- adj. Not hollow; full of matter; ; not spongy; dense; hence, sometimes, heavy.
- adj. Having all the geometrical dimensions; cubic.
- adj. Firm; compact; strong; stable; unyielding
- adj. Applied to a compound word whose parts are closely united and form an unbroken word; -- opposed to
- adj. Fig.: Worthy of credit, trust, or esteem; substantial, as opposed to
frivolousor fallacious; weighty; firm; strong; valid; just; genuine.
- adj. Sound; not weakly.
- adj. Of a fleshy, uniform, undivided substance, as a bulb or root; not spongy or hollow within, as a stem.
- adj. Impenetrable; resisting or excluding any other material particle or atom from any given portion of space; -- applied to the supposed ultimate particles of matter.
- adj. Not having the lines separated by leads; not open.
- adj. United; without division; unanimous.
- n. A substance that is held in a fixed form by cohesion among its particles; a substance not fluid.
- n. A magnitude which has length, breadth, and thickness; a part of space bounded on all sides.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resisting flexure; not to be bent without force; capable of tangential stress: said of a kind of material substance. See II., 1.
- Completely filled up; compact; without cavities, pores, or interstices; not hollow: as, a solid ball, as distinguished from a hollow one; solid soda-water, not frothy.
- Firm; strong: as, a solid pier; a solid wall.
- In botany, of a fleshy, uniform, undivided substance, as a bulb or root; not spongy or hollow within, as a stem.
- In anatomy and zoology:
- Hard, compact, or firm in consistency; having no cavities or spongy structure: opposed to spongiose, porous, hollow, cancellate, excavated, etc.
- In entomology, specifically, formed of a single joint, or of several joints so closely applied that they appear to be one: especially said of the capitulum or club of capitate antennæ.
- Having three dimensions; having length, breadth, and thickness; cubic: as, a solid foot contains 1,728 solid inches.
- Sound; not weak; strong.
- Substantial, as opposed to frivolous, fallacious, or the like; worthy of credit, trust, or esteem; not empty or vain; real; true; just; valid; firm; strong; hence, satisfactory: as, solid arguments; solid comfort; solid sense.
- Not light, trifling, or superficial; grave; profound.
- Financially sound or safe; possessing plenty of capital; wealthy; well-established; reliable.
- Unanimous, or practically unanimous: as, a solid vote; the solid South.
- Without break or opening, as a wall or façade.
- Smooth; even; unbroken; unvaried: unshaded: noting a color or pigment.
- Without the liquor, as oysters: said in measuring: opposite to in liquor.
- With reference to fabrics, etc., a uniform color.
- Synonyms Dense.
- Stable, weighty, important.
- n. A body which throughout its mass (and not merely at its surface) resists for an indefinite time a sufficiently small force that tends to alter its equilibrium figure, always springing back into shape after the force is removed; a body possessing elasticity of figure.
- n. In geometry, a body or magnitude which has three dimensions—length, breadth, and thickness—being thus distinguished from a surface, which has but two dimensions, and from a line, which has but one.
- n. plural In anatomy, all parts of the body which are not fluid: as, the solids and fluids of the body.
- n. plural In printing, the parts of an engraving which show black or solid in print.
- Of uniform color; self-colored: a pigeon-fanciers' term.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. uninterrupted in space; having no gaps or breaks
- n. a three-dimensional shape
- n. matter that is solid at room temperature and pressure
- adj. of one substance or character throughout
- n. 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
- adj. of definite shape and volume; firm; neither liquid nor gaseous
- adj. financially sound
- adj. characterized by good substantial quality
- adj. of good quality and condition; solidly built
- adj. acting together as a single undiversified whole
- adj. not soft or yielding to pressure
- adj. entirely of one substance with no holes inside
- adj. providing abundant nourishment
- adj. having three dimensions
- adj. of the same color throughout
- adj. impenetrable for the eye
- adj. meriting respect or esteem
- adj. of a substantial character and not frivolous or superficial
Middle English solide, from Old French, from Latin solidus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French solide (as an adjective), from Latin solidus ("solid"). (Wiktionary)