Definition of solid adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɒlɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːlɪd//
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    not liquid/gas
  1. 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.
  2. without holes or spaces
  3. 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.
  4. strong
  5. 3  strong and made well These chains seem fairly solid.
  6. reliable
  7. 4  that you can rely on; having a strong basis As yet, they have no solid evidence. His advice was always solid and practical. This provided a solid foundation for their marriage. The Irish team were solid as a rock in defence.
  8. good but not special
  9. 5definitely good and steady but perhaps not excellent or special 2008 was a year of solid achievement. He's a solid player.
  10. material
  11. 6  [only before noun] made completely of the material mentioned (that is, the material is not only on the surface) a solid gold bracelet
  12. period of time
  13. 7(informal) without a pause; continuous The essay represents a solid week's work. It rained for two hours solid this afternoon.
  14. colour
  15. 8of the colour mentioned and no other colour One cat is black and white, the other solid black.
  16. shape
  17. 9 (geometry) a shape that is solid has length, width and height and is not flat A cube is a solid figure.
  18. in agreement
  19. 10in complete agreement; agreed on by everyone The department was solid against the changes. The strike was solid, supported by all the members.
  20. see also rock solid
    Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin solidus; related to salvus ‘safe’ and sollus ‘entire’.Extra examples Support for the plan remained rock solid. The ice felt solid enough. The songwriting quality is consistently solid. The water was frozen solid. There is pretty solid evidence to show that the disease is caused by poor hygiene. 2006 was a year of solid achievement. A solid silver bracelet was among the items up for auction. Each piece is individually made in solid gold. He flung open the solid wood door. He’s a good, solid player. Her advice is always solid and practical. It was so cold that the stream had frozen solid. The boiler uses solid fuel. The door was solid as rock. Their friendship provided a solid foundation for their future together. There’s solid evidence to show he wasn’t there when the crime took place. Trade remained solid throughout the year. Under her bare toes the floor felt real and solid.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: solid