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solidus

1

[ sol-i-duhs ]

noun

, plural sol·i·di [sol, -i-dahy].
  1. a gold coin of ancient Rome, introduced by Constantine and continued in the Byzantine Empire; bezant.
  2. (in medieval Europe) a money of account equal to 12 denarii. Compare sol 2.


solidus

2

[ sol-i-duhs ]

noun

, Physical Chemistry.
  1. (on a graph of temperature versus composition) the curve connecting the temperatures at which a solid solution is in equilibrium with its vapor and with the liquid solution, and therefore connecting melting temperatures of solid solutions.

solidus

/ ˈsɒlɪdəs /

noun

  1. See slash
    a technical name for slash
  2. a gold coin of the Byzantine empire


solidus

/ sŏlĭ-dəs /

, Plural solidi sŏlĭ-dī′

  1. The maximum temperature at which all components of a mixture (such as an alloy) can be in a solid state. Above the solidus some or all of the mixture will be in a liquid state.
  2. See illustration at eutecticCompare liquidus


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Word History and Origins

Origin of solidus1

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin solidus ( nummus ) a solid (coin), a gold (coin)

Origin of solidus2

1900–05; < Latin: solid

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Word History and Origins

Origin of solidus1

C14: from Late Latin solidus ( nummus ) a gold coin (from solidus solid); in Medieval Latin, solidus referred to a shilling and was indicated by a long s, which ultimately became the virgule

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Example Sentences

The form scanomodu on the solidus need not be taken into account.

Name from solidus and ago, to join, or make whole, in allusion to reputed vulnerary qualities.

Solidipes is from solidus, solid; pes, foot; and is so called because the stem of the plant is solid.

He shall not have a solidus of my property if he does not give up the woman who is a thorn in the Queen's flesh.

The asterisk is used to indicate illegible letters, and the solidus (/) erasures.

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