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solidity

[suh-lid-i-tee] /səˈlɪd ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state, property, or quality of being solid.
2.
firmness and strength; substantialness:
an argument with little solidity.
3.
strength of mind, character, finances, etc.
4.
Obsolete. the amount of space occupied by a solid body; volume.
Origin of solidity
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin soliditās, equivalent to solid(us) solid + -itās -ity
Related forms
unsolidity, noun
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  • solidity, weight, a third dimension, is given to the impression of Milly's unhappy case.

    The Craft of Fiction Percy Lubbock
  • Every hour had marked the ruin of men hitherto bulwarks of solidity.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • These curved lines gave to the structure a peculiar grace which cannot be imitated, as well as an effect of solidity.

  • An excellent province in which Yugoslavia's solidity can be studied is Bosnia.

  • Does not all this strongly argue the solidity of the science to which they belong?

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • The corrupt man has no soundness, no solidity, no unity in his life.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • Abruptly one's confidence in the solidity of the universe disappears.

    The New Machiavelli Herbert George Wells
  • He fell to the ground, and but for the solidity of his hat, and the thickness of his hair, all had been over with him.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
Word Origin and History for solidity
n.

late 14c., from Middle French solidité or directly from Latin soliditatem (nominative soliditas), from solidus (see solid (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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