Meaning of LIQUID in English

I. ˈlikwə̇d adjective

Etymology: Middle English liquide, from Latin liquidus, from liquēre to be fluid; akin to Latin lixa water, lye, lixivus consisting of lye, Old Irish fliuch damp, Welsh gwlith dew, gwlyb wet



(1) : that is extremely fluid without being gaseous so as to flow freely typically in the manner of water and to have a definite volume without having a definite shape except such as is temporarily given by a container and such as is readily lost (as by an upset or overflow) and that is only slightly compressible and incapable of indefinite expansion in such a way that constituent molecules while moving with extreme ease upon each other do not tend to separate from each other in the manner characteristic of the molecules of gases

water and milk and blood are liquid substances

(2) : watery

sailing over the liquid depths of the seas

b. : brimming with tears

sorrow which made the eyes of many grow liquid


a. : bright and clear to the vision

the liquid air of a spring morning

shining with a liquid luster

b. obsolete : clearly evident : manifest

c. chiefly Scots law

(1) of an account or obligation : undisputed

(2) of a debt : ascertained and constituted against a debtor by a written obligation or by a court decree



(1) : that is smooth and musical in tone : that has a flowing quality entirely free of harshness or discord or abrupt breaks

the liquid song of a robin in the early evening

(2) : that is smooth and unconstrained in movement

the liquid grace of a ballerina

b. of a consonant

(1) : that is frictionless and capable of being prolonged like a vowel (as l, some varieties of r, and in some classifications n, m, ŋ)

(2) : continuant

4. : tending to become altered (as in form or content) : not fixed : not stable

liquid political agreements that were quite without real significance

5. : that is cash or capable of being readily converted into cash

liquid assets


fluid: liquid implies a flow characteristic of water and implies a substance, as water, with definite volume but no definite form except that given by its container; figuratively, it is opposed to harsh or, sometimes, fixed or rigid

its coal and liquid fuel — Current Biography

liquid soap

the liquid sweetness of the thrush — H.J.Laski

fluid implies flowing of any kind and extends to gases, to highly viscous substances, or to something usually solid but liquefied, as by heating or dissolving; figuratively, it is, more commonly than liquid , opposed to rigid or fixed

the memory of him would become as fluid as water and trickle out of her mind — Ellen Glasgow

a more fluid oil paint on canvas — National Gallery of Art

representatives whose task it should be not to codify and embalm the laws, but to keep them fluid — D.C.Peattie

our moral notions are always fluid — J.E.E.Dalberg-Acton

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: French liquide, from Middle French, from liquide, adjective

1. : a liquid substance — compare gas , solid

2. : a liquid consonant

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