- (of an airship or dirigible) having a form maintained by a stiff, unyielding structure contained within the envelope.
- pertaining to a helicopter rotor that is held fixedly at its root.
Origin of rigid
Examples from the Web for rigid
Bound together by mutual distrust, both sides end up lashing themselves to the mast of rigid law.
Doctors are prohibited from doing what a patient needs by rigid practice guidelines.
Beyond that, how will China evolve its rigid Internet policy?
The man behind the desk is a fictional character—a ferocious patriot exposing the limits of rigid ideology.The End of Truthiness: Stephen Colbert’s Sublime Finale|Noel Murray|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But on an A380 or 787 Dreamliner flying long haul, you can be trapped, rigid, in that seat for half a day.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room|Clive Irving|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The stout youth's standards were his own, and rigid, as is often the case with people of his type.The Rules of the Game|Stewart Edward White
She saw the muscles of his face settle into a rigid grimace, his eyes flared, his great breast heaved, and he nodded.Dixie Hart|Will N. Harben
If he were rigid, he was impartial too, in asserting the laws of England.A Child's History of England|Charles Dickens
Upon the excesses, bordering on insanity, followed the other extreme,—the most rigid abstinence.Woman under socialism|August Bebel
One of the objects of this rigid duresse, was the coercion of the garrison.The Lily and the Totem|William Gilmore Simms
British Dictionary definitions for rigid
Word Origin for rigid
Word Origin and History for rigid
early 15c., from Latin rigidus "hard, stiff, rough, severe," from rigere "be stiff," from PIE *reig- "stretch (tight), bind tightly, make fast" (cf. Old Irish riag "torture," Middle High German ric "band, string"). Related: Rigidly.