1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A solid substance or object stays the same shape whether it is in a container or not.

...the potential of greatly reducing our solid waste problem...

He did not eat solid food for several weeks.

2) N-COUNT A solid is a substance that stays the same shape whether it is in a container or not.

Solids turn to liquids at certain temperatures...

No baby should be given any solids before four months old.

3) ADJ-GRADED A substance that is solid is very hard or firm.

The snow had melted, but the lake was still frozen solid...

The concrete will stay as solid as a rock.

4) ADJ: usu ADJ n A solid object or mass does not have a space inside it, or holes or gaps in it.

...a tunnel carved through 50ft of solid rock.

...a solid wall of multicoloured trees.

...a solid mass of colour...

The car park was absolutely packed solid with people.

5) ADJ: ADJ n If an object is made of solid gold or solid wood, for example, it is made of gold or wood all the way through, rather than just on the outside.

The taps appeared to be made of solid gold.

...solid wood doors.

...solid pine furniture.

6) ADJ-GRADED A structure that is solid is strong and is not likely to collapse or fall over.

Banks are built to look solid to reassure their customers...

The car feels very solid.

Derived words:
solidly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

Their house, which was solidly built, resisted the main shock.

solidity [[t]səlɪ̱dɪti[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

...the solidity of walls and floors.

7) ADJ-GRADED (approval) If you describe someone as solid, you mean that they are very reliable and respectable.

You want a husband who is solid and stable, someone who will devote himself to you...

All the band come from good, solid, working-class backgrounds...

Mr Zuma had a solid reputation as a grass roots organiser.

reliable, dependable
Derived words:
solidly ADV-GRADED

Graham is so solidly consistent.

solidity N-UNCOUNT

He had the proverbial solidity of the English.

8) ADJ-GRADED Solid evidence or information is reliable because it is based on facts.

We don't have good solid information on where the people are...

Some solid evidence was what was required...

He has a solid alibi.

9) ADJ-GRADED You use solid to describe something such as advice or a piece of work which is useful and reliable.

The CIU provides churches with solid advice on a wide range of subjects...

All I am looking for is a good solid performance...

I've always felt that solid experience would stand me in good stead.

Derived words:
solidly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

She's played solidly throughout the spring.

10) ADJ-GRADED You use solid to describe something such as the basis for a policy or support for an organization when it is strong, because it has been developed carefully and slowly.

I am determined to build on this solid foundation.

...a Democratic nominee with solid support within the party and broad appeal beyond.

...Washington's attempt to build a solid international coalition.

firm, strong
Derived words:
solidly ADV-GRADED ADV adj/prep, ADV with v

The Los Alamos district is solidly Republican...

So far, majority public opinion in Egypt seems solidly behind the government's policy.

...a society based solidly on trust and understanding.

solidity N-UNCOUNT

...doubts over the solidity of European backing for the American approach.

11) ADJ: ADJ n, -ed ADJ If you do something for a solid period of time, you do it without any pause or interruption throughout that time.

We had worked together for two solid years.

Derived words:
solidly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

People who had worked solidly since Christmas enjoyed the chance of a Friday off.

12) See also rock-solid
13) on solid groundsee ground

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