liq·uid /ˈlɪkwəd/ 形容詞
1. Flowing freely like water; fluid; not solid.
Yea, though he go upon the plane and liquid water which will receive no step. --Tyndale.
2. Physics Being in such a state that the component molecules move freely among themselves, but have a definite volume changing only slightly with changes of pressure, and do not tend to separate from each other as the particles of gases and vapors do when the volume of the container is increased; neither solid nor gaseous; as, liquid mercury, in distinction from mercury solidified or in a state of vapor.
Note: Liquid substances may form a definite interface with gases, whereas the molecules of different gases freely intermingle with each other.
3. Flowing or sounding smoothly or without abrupt transitions or harsh tones. “Liquid melody.”
4. Pronounced without any jar or harshness; smooth; as, l and r are liquid letters.
5. Fluid and transparent; as, the liquid air.
6. Clear; definite in terms or amount. [Obs.] “Though the debt should be entirely liquid.”
Liquid glass. See Soluble glass, under Glass.
1. A substance whose parts change their relative position on the slightest pressure, and therefore retain no definite form; any substance in the state of liquidity; a fluid that is not gaseous and has a definite volume independent, of the container in which it is held. Liquids have a fixed volume at any given pressure, but their shape is determined by the container in which it is contained. Liquids, in contrast to gases, cannot expand indefinitely to fill an expanding container, and are only slightly compressible by application of pressure.
Note: ☞ Liquid and fluid are terms often used synonymously, but fluid has the broader signification. All liquids are fluids, but many fluids, as air and the gases, are not liquids.
2. Phon. A letter which has a smooth, flowing sound, or which flows smoothly after a mute; as, l and r, in bla, bra. M and n also are called liquids.
Liquid measure, a measure, or system of measuring, for liquids, by the gallon, quart, pint, gill, etc.
adj 1: existing as or having characteristics of a liquid;
especially tending to flow; "water and milk and blood
are liquid substances" [ant: gaseous, solid]
2: filled or brimming with tears; "swimming eyes"; "watery
eyes"; "sorrow made the eyes of many grow liquid" [syn: swimming,
3: clear and bright; "the liquid air of a spring morning";
"eyes shining with a liquid luster"; "limpid blue eyes"
4: changed from a solid to a liquid state; "rivers filled to
overflowing by melted snow" [syn: melted, liquified]
5: smooth and flowing in quality; entirely free of harshness;
"the liquid song of a robin"
6: yielding; lacking any hint of hardness; "the liquid
stillness of the night enveloping him"; "the liquid brown
eyes of a spaniel"
7: smooth and unconstrained in movement; "a long, smooth
stride"; "the fluid motion of a cat"; "the liquid grace of
a ballerina"; "liquid prose" [syn: flowing, fluent, fluid,
8: in cash or easily convertible to cash; "liquid (or fluid)
assets" [syn: fluid]
n 1: a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure
2: the state in which a substance exhibits a characteristic
readiness to flow with little or no tendency to disperse
and relatively high incompressibility [syn: liquidness,
3: a substance in the fluid state of matter having no fixed
shape but a fixed volume
4: a frictionless non-nasal continuant (especially `l' and `r')