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Meaning of “solid” in the English Dictionary

"solid" in British English

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solidadjective

uk   /ˈsɒl.ɪd/  us   /ˈsɑː.lɪd/
  • solid adjective (HARD)

B2 hard or ​firm, ​keeping a ​clearshape: solid ​ground a solid ​object a solid ​structureB2 completely hard or ​firm all through an ​object, or without any ​spaces or ​holes: solid ​rock a solid ​oaktable solid ​doors/​walls a solid ​line of ​traffic The ​lecturehall was packed solid (withstudents).C1 A solid ​metal or ​colour is ​pure and does not have anything ​elsemixed together with it: solid ​gold/​silvercandlesticks a ​whiterose on a solid ​bluebackground

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  • solid adjective (NOT LIQUID/GAS)

C1 not ​liquid or ​gas: Liquid and solid ​waste is ​collected in the ​tank. Freeze the ​mixture for about three ​hours or so until solid. Solid ​food is not in ​liquidform, ​especially when given to ​babies or ​people who are ​ill: That ​ricepudding was the first solid food he's ​eaten since his ​operation.

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  • solid adjective (CERTAIN)

C2 certain or ​safe; of a good ​standard; giving ​confidence or ​support: This ​provided solid ​evidence that he ​committed the ​crime. The ​dramacourse gives ​students a solid ​grounding in the ​basictechniques of ​acting.

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  • solid adjective (CONTINUOUS)

continuing for a ​period of ​time without ​stopping: I ​slept for eleven solid ​hours. The ​hotel was ​booked solid all of ​December.

solidnoun

uk   /ˈsɒl.ɪd/  us   /ˈsɑː.lɪd/
(Definition of solid from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"solid" in American English

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solidadjective

 us   /ˈsɑl·ɪd/
  • solid adjective (FIRM/NOT LIQUID)

having a ​fixedshape that cannot be ​changedeasily: After ​flying all ​night, he was ​glad to be on solid ​ground. chemistry A ​substance that is solid is not a ​liquid or a ​gas.
  • solid adjective (DENSE)

completelypacked with ​material; not ​hollow: solid ​rock a solid ​oaktable A solid ​metal or ​color is ​pure and does not have anything ​elsemixed together with it: solid ​gold a solid ​bluebackground
  • solid adjective (STRONG)

(of ​objects) made in a way that is ​strong, or (of a ​person) ​strong: It’s a solid ​house. David has a solid, ​muscularbody.
  • solid adjective (CERTAIN)

being of a good ​quality that can be ​trusted; ​certain or ​safe: All the performers ​showed solid musicianship and ​technique. Relations between them are ​based on a solid ​foundation of ​friendship and ​trust.

solidnoun [C]

  • solid noun [C] (SHAPE)

geometry /ˈsɑl·ɪd/ an ​object with three ​dimensions (= ​height, ​width, and ​length): A ​cube is a solid.
  • solid noun [C] (FOOD)

 us   /ˈsɑl·əd/ a ​food that is not ​liquid: After the ​operation, Mrs. Groncki couldn’t ​eat solids.

solidadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈsɑl·əd/
with no ​openings; ​full: He has 54 ​tinboxes, ​packed solid with ​baseballcards.
(Definition of solid from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"solid" in Business English

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solidadjective

uk   us   /ˈsɒlɪd/
of a good ​standard: The ​bank has ​reported solid ​earnings for the ​year.
(Definition of solid from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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