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verb (used with object), rig路id路ized, rig路id路iz路ing.
to make rigid, as through special processing or the addition of chemicals, plastics, etc.: rigidized aluminum.
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Origin of rigidize

First recorded in 1945鈥50; rigid + -ize
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What does聽rigidize聽mean?

To rigidize a material is to make it rigid鈥攕tiff and inflexible.

Rigidize is typically used in scientific and industrial contexts to refer to the stiffening of materials, often through the addition of chemicals. Such materials can be described as rigidized.

Rigid 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. But a person can also be described as rigid if they are very strict and unwilling to bend the rules.

However, rigidize is typically only used in literal ways.

The verb rigidify can also mean to make something rigid, but it can also mean to become rigid, and it can be used in both literal and figurative contexts. A person or their personality could be said to rigidify鈥攎eaning that they become more inflexible, such as when dealing with new situations.

Example: A synthetic chemical is used to rigidize the material during the manufacturing process so that the end product is very inflexible.

Where does聽rigidize come from?

The first records of the word rigidize come from the 1940s. Its base word, rigid, comes from the Latin rigidus, from the verb rig(膿re), meaning 鈥渢o be stiff鈥 or 鈥渢o stiffen.鈥 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. The suffix -ize is used in verbs and means 鈥渢o make鈥 or to render.鈥

To rigidize something is to make it rigid. This is often done to make the material more durable or more suited to the purpose that it鈥檚 being manufactured for.

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How is聽rigidize used in real life?

Rigidize is almost always used in a scientific or industrial context, especially one dealing with the manufacture of materials.


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Rigidize typically means to become stiff.