Meaning of SOLID in English

SOLID

/ ˈsɒlɪd; NAmE ˈsɑːl-/ adjective , noun

■ adjective

NOT LIQUID / GAS

1.

hard or firm; not in the form of a liquid or gas :

The planet Jupiter may have no solid surface at all.

The boat bumped against a solid object.

She had refused all solid food.

It was so cold that the stream had frozen solid .

The boiler uses solid fuel .

WITHOUT HOLES OR SPACES

2.

having no holes or spaces inside; not hollow :

They were drilling through solid rock.

The stores are packed solid (= very full and crowded) at this time of year.

STRONG

3.

strong and made well :

These chains seem fairly solid.

RELIABLE

4.

that you can rely on; having a strong basis :

As yet, they have no solid evidence.

This provided a solid foundation for their marriage.

The Irish team were solid as a rock in defence.

GOOD BUT NOT SPECIAL

5.

definitely good and steady but perhaps not excellent or special :

2004 was a year of solid achievement.

He's a solid player.

MATERIAL

6.

[ only before noun ] made completely of the material mentioned (that is, the material is not only on the surface) :

a solid gold bracelet

PERIOD OF TIME

7.

( informal ) without a pause; continuous :

The essay represents a solid week's work.

It rained for two hours solid this afternoon.

COLOUR

8.

of the colour mentioned and no other colour :

One cat is black and white, the other solid black.

SHAPE

9.

( geometry ) a shape that is solid has length, width and height and is not flat :

A cube is a solid figure.

IN AGREEMENT

10.

in complete agreement; agreed on by everyone :

The strike was solid, supported by all the members.

—see also rock solid

■ noun

NOT LIQUID / GAS

1.

a substance or an object that is solid, not a liquid or a gas :

liquids and solids

The baby is not yet on solids (= eating solid food) .

SHAPE

2.

( geometry ) a shape which has length, width and height, such as a cube

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : from Latin solidus ; related to salvus safe and sollus entire.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.