- (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.
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What does rigid mean?
Rigid means stiff and inflexible. It can be used in both literal and figurative ways.
For example, a material like plastic might be described as rigid if it does not bend or bend easily. A person might be described as rigid if they are very strict and unwilling to bend the rules. Rules themselves can also be described as rigid if they are very strict or rigorous, as in The boarding school had a rigid set of rules designed to keep students in line.
When used to describe a person or their personality as inflexible, rigid is almost always used negatively, as in Try not to be so rigid—you have to learn to go with the flow sometimes.
The related noun rigidity refers to the state or quality of being rigid in both literal and figurative senses.
Example: When using heavy acrylic paints, It’s best to paint on a rigid canvas so the paint won’t bleed and the canvas will hold its shape over time.
Where does rigid come from?
The first records of the word rigid come from around the mid-1500s. It comes from the Latin rigidus, from the verb rig(ēre), meaning “to be stiff” or “to stiffen.” The word rigor and rigorous are based on the same root, as is the first part of the medical term rigor mortis, which refers to the state of the body when it becomes rigid after death.
Close synonyms of rigid are inflexible, unbending, and stiff—all of which, like rigid, can also be used in both literal and figurative ways. The opposite of rigid is flexible, and it too can be used in a literal way, such as to describe bendable materials, or in a figurative way, such as to describe a person who is willing to adapt to a situation (which a rigid person is not).
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Rigid is commonly used in both literal and figurative ways. It’s often applied to stiff materials and inflexible people.
We love recycling rigid plastics, like yogurt and take-out containers – the number on the bottom doesn't matter. Be sure to rinse out! pic.twitter.com/BuJjnMgfYP
— NYC zerowaste (@NYCzerowaste) February 28, 2017
What I learned as an Autistic in 2-week isolation:
-My chronic anxiety ISN'T chronic at all, but directly linked to navigating a rigid social structure that doesn't understand/recognize my real needs/interests.
-Being alone isn't lonely. Being perpetually misunderstood is.
— Bibi / Aspergirl (@bibi_bilodeau) December 4, 2020
Almost everyone experiences some cognitive dissonance between who they think they are, who they fantasize about being, who they think they should be, and who others perceive. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Too much multilevel fusion leads to a rigid personality. #psychology pic.twitter.com/b0anLRPEXd
— Edward Craig, Kanaka Dharma (@NewMindMirror) February 6, 2019
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Without them, it would not have been apparent that something rigid could fly.The science behind how an aircraft glides|By Peter Garrison/Flying Mag|September 3, 2020|Popular-Science
A rigid backplate makes it easier to insert the bladder into a backpack’s hydration sleeve, even when the pack is fully loaded—but that does add some weight.Hydration bladders for outdoor adventures|PopSci Commerce Team|September 1, 2020|Popular-Science
Hong Kong Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan has said they expect 5 million people to participate in the test, but Lam told reporters she has not set a “rigid target” for participation.Hong Kong’s new mass COVID testing scheme is free and voluntary—and some citizens are suspicious|eamonbarrett|August 26, 2020|Fortune
Of course, social media is a rigid place for the testing of different messages and campaigns, but multivariate testing tools have the power to deliver fully customized website experiences for traffic arriving from various social sources.How A/B and multivariate testing can skyrocket your social media conversions|Peter Jobes|July 3, 2020|Search Engine Watch
Eggs from the earliest dinosaurs were more like leathery turtle eggs than rigid bird eggs.Fossil discoveries suggest the earliest dinosaurs laid soft-shelled eggs|Jack J. Lee|June 24, 2020|Science News
Beyond that, how will China evolve its rigid Internet policy?China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think|Brendon Hong|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
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
Or have gender roles in stories become fewer and more rigid?Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’|Rich Goldstein|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In all business matters he required a rigid economy though never at the expense of efficiency.
Before her pencil he sat rigid and unflinching, as he had faced the cannon's mouth in days gone by.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Every movement rigidly prescribed, arms held rigid and sharply bent at the elbows.The Man from Time|Frank Belknap Long
The baggage is then taken to the Custom-house in a steam-launch for examination, which is not unduly rigid.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Then there was a faint pulsation of the rigid limbs, the white, mean face took on a tinge as if the blood were flowing again.The Weight of the Crown|Fred M. White