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.
In this sense, cubics now generally used.
6. 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)
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)
Origin: L. Solidus, probably akin to sollus whole, entire, Gr., cf. F. Solide. Cf. Consolidate,Soda, Solder, Soldier, Solemn.
(01 Mar 1998)
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