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semisolid

[sem-ee-sol-id, sem-ahy-]
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adjective
  1. having a somewhat firm consistency; more or less solid.
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noun
  1. a semisolid substance.
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Origin of semisolid

First recorded in 1825–35; semi- + solid
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Related Words

muddy, spongy, squishy, paste, pap, mush, mash, sponge, jam, dough, batter, marrow, poultice, grume, curd, gelatinous, pulpy, quaggy, slushy, squashy

Examples from the Web for semi-solid

Historical Examples

  • If the sample is solid or semi-solid, divide it as finely as possible.

    The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)

    Various

  • If the emulsion is cold and semi-solid, use several parts of warm water at first.

  • In laryngeal complications, semi-solid diet is generally more easily swallowed.

  • The matters passed are composed chiefly of fecal matter varying in consistence from a solid or semi-solid mass to a watery fluid.

  • The partial thaw in the sunlight causes the semi-solid ice to break up into separate grains.


British Dictionary definitions for semi-solid

semisolid

adjective
    1. having a viscosity and rigidity intermediate between that of a solid and a liquid
    2. partly solid
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noun
  1. a substance in this state
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Word Origin and History for semi-solid

adj.

1803, from semi- + solid (adj.).

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