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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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  • Its hardness, solidity, and actuality could not be gainsaid.

  • Now, it is this sense of the solidity of things that can only be uttered by the metaphor of eating.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • Also, it looked as solid as the earth, but was without any solidity at all.

    White Fang Jack London
  • He went over it carefully, to assure himself of its solidity.

    The Flood Emile Zola
  • He tapped the end of the boat with his foot to make sure of its solidity.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • Then stillness, and solidity, and the blackness of the Pit outside the Med Ship.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • Of these works, solidity may be said to be the prominent characteristic.

  • He seemed unwilling to move, as if distrustful of his own solidity.

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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