Liquid



[lik-wid] /ˈlɪk wɪd/

adjective
1.
composed of molecules that move freely among themselves but do not tend to separate like those of gases; neither gaseous nor solid.
2.
of, relating to, or consisting of liquids:
a liquid diet.
3.
flowing like water.
4.
clear, transparent, or bright:
liquid eyes.
5.
(of sounds, tones, etc.) smooth; agreeable; flowing freely:
the liquid voice of a trained orator.
6.
in cash or readily convertible into cash without significant loss of principal:
liquid assets.
7.
Phonetics. characterizing a frictionless speech sound pronounced with only a partial obstruction of the breath stream and whose utterance can be prolonged as that of a vowel, especially l and r.
8.
(of movements, gestures, etc.) graceful; smooth; free and unconstricted:
the ballerina’s liquid arabesques.
noun
9.
a liquid substance.
10.
Phonetics. either r or l, and sometimes m, n, ng.
/ˈlɪkwɪd/
noun
1.
a substance in a physical state in which it does not resist change of shape but does resist change of size Compare gas (sense 1), solid (sense 1)
2.
a substance that is a liquid at room temperature and atmospheric pressure
3.
(phonetics) a frictionless continuant, esp (l) or (r)
adjective
4.
of, concerned with, or being a liquid or having the characteristic state of liquids: liquid wax
5.
shining, transparent, or brilliant
6.
flowing, fluent, or smooth
7.
(of assets) in the form of money or easily convertible into money
adj.

late 14c., from Old French liquide “liquid, running,” from Latin liquidus “fluid, liquid, moist,” figuratively “flowing, continuing,” from liquere “be fluid,” related to liqui “to melt, flow,” from PIE *wleik- “to flow, run.” Of sounds, from 1630s (the Latin word also was used of sounds). Financial sense of “capable of being converted to cash” is first recorded 1818.
n.

“a liquid substance,” 1709, from liquid (adj.). Earlier it meant “sound of a liquid consonant” (1520s).

liquid liq·uid (lĭk’wĭd)
n.

adj.

liq’uid·ly adv.
liq’uid·ness n.
liquid
(lĭk’wĭd)
One of four main states of matter, composed of molecules that can move about in a substance but are bound loosely together by intramolecular forces. Unlike a solid, a liquid has no fixed shape, but instead has a characteristic readiness to flow and therefore takes on the shape of any container. Because pressure transmitted at one point is passed on to other points, a liquid usually has a volume that remains constant or changes only slightly under pressure, unlike a gas.

A phase of matter in which atoms or molecules can move freely while remaining in contact with one another. A liquid takes the shape of its container. (Compare gas and solid.)

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