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RIGID

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rigid mean? 

RIGID (adjective)
  The adjective RIGID has 5 senses:

1. incapable of or resistant to bending
2. incapable of compromise or flexibility
3. incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances
4. fixed and unmoving
5. designating an airship or dirigible having a form maintained by a stiff unyielding frame or structure

  Familiarity information: RIGID used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


RIGID (adjective)


Sense 1rigid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Incapable of or resistant to bending

Synonyms:

rigid; stiff

Context examples:

a rigid strip of metal / a table made of rigid plastic / a palace guardsman stiff as a poker / stiff hair / a stiff neck

Similar:

inflexible (resistant to being bent)


Sense 2rigid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Incapable of compromise or flexibility

Synonyms:

rigid; strict

Similar:

intolerant (unwilling to tolerate difference of opinion)


Sense 3rigid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances

Synonyms:

unbending; rigid; inflexible

Context examples:

a rigid disciplinarian / an inflexible law / an unbending will to dominate

Similar:

unadaptable (not adaptable)


Sense 4rigid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fixed and unmoving

Synonyms:

fixed; set; rigid

Context examples:

with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare / his bearded face already has a set hollow look / a face rigid with pain

Similar:

nonmoving; unmoving (not in motion)


Sense 5rigid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Designating an airship or dirigible having a form maintained by a stiff unyielding frame or structure

Similar:

semirigid (having a form maintained by a rigid internal structure as well as by internal gas pressure)

Domain category:

aeronautics; astronautics (the theory and practice of navigation through air or space)

Antonym:

nonrigid (designating an airship having a shape maintained only by internal gas pressure and without a supporting structure)


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