rigid

[ rij-id ]
/ ˈrɪdʒ ɪd /

adjective


Nearby words

  1. rightward,
  2. rightwardly,
  3. rightwards,
  4. righty,
  5. rigi,
  6. rigid designator,
  7. rigid frame,
  8. rigid motion,
  9. rigidify,
  10. rigidity

Origin of rigid

1530–40; < Latin rigidus, equivalent to rig(ēre) to be stiff, stiffen + -idus -id4

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British Dictionary definitions for rigidity

rigid

/ (ˈrɪdʒɪd) /

adjective

not bending; physically inflexible or stiffa rigid piece of plastic
unbending; rigorously strict; severerigid rules

adverb

completely or excessivelythe lecture bored him rigid
Derived Formsrigidly, adverbrigidity or rigidness, noun

Word Origin for rigid

C16: from Latin rigidus, from rigēre to be stiff

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Word Origin and History for rigidity
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Medicine definitions for rigidity

rigidity

[ rĭ-jĭdĭ-tē ]

n.

The quality or state of stiffness or inflexibility.rigor
An aspect of the personality characterized by resistance to change.

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