rig´id|ness


rig´id|ness
rig|id «RIHJ ihd», adjective.
1. stiff; firm; not bending: »

a rigid support. Hold your arm rigid.

SYNONYM(S): unyielding, unbending. See syn. under stiff. (Cf.stiff)
2. strict; not changing: »

rigid discipline. In our home, it is a rigid rule to wash one's hands before eating. The young man is under the dictates of a rigid schoolmaster or instructor (Sir Richard Stle).

3. severely exact; rigorous: »

a rigid examination.

SYNONYM(S): See syn. under strict. (Cf.strict)
4. having a framework within the envelope to maintain its shape: »

a rigid airship.

[< Latin rigidus < rigēre be stiff, perhaps related to frīgidus frigid]
rig´id|ly, adverb.
rig´id|ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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