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Definition: Solid problem
(s[o^]l"[i^]d), a. [L. solidus, probably akin to
sollus whole, entire, Gr. ???: cf. F. solide. Cf.
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
or to plastic
clay, or to incompact
, like sand.
2. Not hollow; full of matter; as, a solid globe or cone, as
distinguished from a hollow
one; not spongy; dense;
hence, sometimes, heavy.
3. (Arith.) Having all the geometrical dimensions; cubic; as,
a solid foot contains 1,728 solid inches.
Note: In this sense, cubics now generally used.
4. Firm; compact; strong; stable; unyielding; as, a solid
pier; a solid pile; a solid wall.
5. Applied to a compound word whose parts are closely united
and form an unbroken word; -- opposed to hyphened
6. Fig.: Worthy of credit, trust, or esteem; substantial, as
opposed to frivolous
; weighty; firm;
strong; valid; just; genuine.
The solid purpose of a sincere and virtuous answer.
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.
7. Sound; not weakly; as, a solid constitution of body. --I.
8. (Bot.) Of a fleshy, uniform, undivided substance, as a
bulb or root; not spongy or hollow within, as a stem.
9. (Metaph.) Impenetrable; resisting or excluding any other
material particle or atom from any given portion of space;
-- applied to the supposed ultimate particles of matter.
10. (Print.) Not having the lines separated by leads; not
11. United; without division; unanimous; as, the delegation
is solid for a candidate. [Polit. Cant. U.S.]
. (Geom.) See under Angle
, an even color; one not shaded or variegated.
. See Emerald green
(a), under Green
(Arith.), a measure for volumes, in which the
units are each a cube of fixed linear magnitude, as a
cubic foot, yard, or the like; thus, a foot, in solid
measure, or a solid foot, contains 1,728 solid inches.
(Arch.), a newel into which the ends of winding
stairs are built, in distinction from a hollow newel. See
(Geom.), a problem which can be construed
geometrically, only by the intersection of a circle and a
conic section or of two conic sections. --Hutton.
(Mil.), a square body or troops in which the
ranks and files are equal.
Syn: Hard; firm; compact; strong; substantial; stable; sound;
real; valid; true; just; weighty; profound; grave;
. 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
More harder than the stones whereof 't is
I hear his thundering voice resound,
And trampling feet than shake the solid ground.
, n. [F. probl[`e]me, L. problema, fr. Gr. ?
anything thrown forward, a question proposed for solution,
fr. ? to throw or lay before; ? before, forward + ? to throw.
1. A question proposed for solution; a matter stated for
examination or proof; hence, a matter difficult of
solution or settlement; a doubtful case; a question
involving doubt. --Bacon.
2. (Math.) Anything which is required to be done; as, in
geometry, to bisect a line, to draw a perpendicular; or,
in algebra, to find an unknown quantity.
Note: Problem differs from theorem in this, that a problem is
something to be done, as to bisect a triangle, to
describe a circle, etc.; a theorem is something to be
proved, as that all the angles of a triangle are equal
to two right angles.
(Geom.), a problem that can be solved by the
use of the rule and compass.
(Geom.), a problem requiring in its geometric
solution the use of a conic section or higher curve.