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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Solid \Sol"id\ (s[o^]l"[i^]d), adjective [L. solidus, probably akin to sollus whole, entire, Gr. ???: cf. F. solide. Cf. {Consolidate},{Soda}, {Solder}, {Soldier}, {Solemn}.]

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.

Note: 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}, adjective

{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.

Usage: {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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Solid \Sol"id\, noun

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}, noun, 5.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: characterized by good substantial quality; "solid comfort"; "a solid base hit"

2: of definite shape and volume; firm; neither liquid nor gaseous; "ice is water in the solid state" [ant: {gaseous}, {liquid}]

3: entirely of one substance with no holes inside; "a solid block of wood" [ant: {hollow}]

4: of one substance or character throughout; "solid gold"; "carved out of solid rock"

5: uninterrupted in space; having no gaps or breaks; "a solid line across the page"; "solid sheets of water"

6: providing abundant nourishment; "a hearty meal"; "good solid food"; "ate a substantial breakfast"; "four square meals a day" [syn: {hearty}, {satisfying}, {solid}, {square}, {substantial}]

7: of good quality and condition; solidly built; "a solid foundation"; "several substantial timber buildings" [syn: {solid}, {strong}, {substantial}]

8: not soft or yielding to pressure; "a firm mattress"; "the snow was firm underfoot"; "solid ground" [syn: {firm}, {solid}]

9: having three dimensions; "a solid object"

10: impenetrable for the eye; "solid blackness"

11: financially sound; "the bank is solid and will survive this attack"

12: of a substantial character and not frivolous or superficial; "work of solid scholarship"; "based on solid facts"

13: meriting respect or esteem; "an upstanding member of the community" [syn: {upstanding}, {solid}]

14: of the same color throughout; "solid color" [syn: {solid}, {self-colored}, {self-coloured}]

15: acting together as a single undiversified whole; "a solid voting bloc" [syn: {solid}, {unanimous}, {whole}]


1: matter that is solid at room temperature and pressure

2: 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 [syn: {solid}, {solidness}, {solid state}]

3: a three-dimensional shape

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)


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