- (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.
- rigid designator,
- rigid frame,
- rigid motion,
Origin of rigid
Examples from the Web for rigidity
Here he finds the ground prepared for the anti-semitic attack on rigidity, stubbornness, inflexibility as Jewish qualities.
That orthodoxy is no different than the rigidity of the football team at school.Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Billy Corgan: What I Learned as a Rock Star|Billy Corgan|July 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A great many surprises must open out in real life as in great fiction, or we descend into the rigidity of myth.
It has since shed much of that rigidity, and the result has been positive.
I think a lot of us believe this because we grew up seeing the rigidity of our parents and grandparents, uncles and aunts.
The chin loses its feminine softness; rigidity and grimness being substituted.Feminism and Sex-Extinction|Arabella Kenealy
I feel all untied in a place like this; the rigidity of one's nature begins to melt and flow.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
The spindly tops of the trees pointed heavenward with the rigidity of church spires.The Argus Pheasant|John Charles Beecham
The keel of the boat had been made very strong, as the rigidity of the whole craft depended upon this.Condemned as a Nihilist|George Alfred Henty
Of the iciness and rigidity of my hands and feet, of the panic that shook the very soul of me, no one but myself need know.May Iverson's Career|Elizabeth Jordan
Word Origin for rigid
1620s, from Latin rigiditas "stiffness," from rigidus (see 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.