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Definitions of fluid

  1. a continuous amorphous substance that tends to flow and to conform to the outline of its container: a liquid or a gas
  2. a substance that is fluid at room temperature and pressure
  3. subject to change; variable; " a fluid situation fraught with uncertainty"; " everything was unstable following the coup"
  4. affording change ( especially in social status); " Britain is not a truly fluid society"; " upwardly mobile"
  5. in cash or easily convertible to cash; " liquid ( or fluid) assets"
  6. Having particles which easily move and change their relative position without a separation of the mass, and which easily yield to pressure; capable of flowing; liquid or gaseous.
  7. A fluid substance; a body whose particles move easily among themselves.
  8. Capable of flowing; liquid or gaseous.
  9. A substance which flows.
  10. Consisting of particles which move and change their relative position without separation on the slightest pressure; capable of flowing; liquid or gaseous; as, water and air are fluid substances.
  11. A body whose particles on the slightest pressure move and change their relative position without separation; a body which yields to the slightest pressure; a liquid or gas; opposed to a solid; as, air, water, blood, chyle, are fluids. Fluids are divided into liquids, such as water and bodies in the form of water; and gaseous bodies, or aeriform fluids. Liquids have been also termed non- elastic fluids, for although they are not altogether void of elasticity, they possess it only in a small degree. Air and aeriform bodies have been called elastic fluids on account of their great elasticity.
  12. A liquid or gaseous substance.
  13. Fluidity, fluidness.
  14. Not solid; liquid or gaseous.
  15. A liquid or gas.
  16. That may flow, like water or air; liquid or gaseous.
  17. A liquid; anything that flows like water.
  18. Movable or flowing, as water or air.

Usage examples for fluid

  1. " It is curved like an arch everywhere, and it can get up on its hind legs and stand like a wall, although it's a fluid! – Pelle the Conqueror, Vol. 2 by Martin Anderson Nexo
  2. Aside from the use of water at our summer resorts, that fluid is getting to be less and less popular. – Remarks by Bill Nye
  3. I took up some of the fluid on a piece of paper and found it to be blood. – The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
  4. From his delight in drinking milk out of my hand, into which I pour a very little at a time, and his custom of sipping the little drops and edges of the fluid, it seems probable that he drinks dew in the same manner. – Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
  5. If you drop the water on red- hot iron, it instantly becomes an imperceptible mist, the mere ghost of itself, but it will ultimately become fluid again. – The Master-Knot of Human Fate by Ellis Meredith
  6. We may easily find their origin in the natural obstinacy with which we treat the living like the lifeless and think all reality, however fluid, under the form of the sharply defined solid. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  7. However he did more harm than good, spilling several gallons of the fluid. – Tom Swift and his Air Glider or, Seeking the Platinum Treasure by Victor Appleton
  8. The mention of mercury and of sand as alternatives to water for the clock's fluid is another feature very prevalent in Chinese but absent in the Greek texts. – On the Origin of Clockwork, Perpetual Motion Devices, and the Compass by Derek J. de Solla Price
  9. The boys and Felix carried the cans to the designated place with the greatest care, for the fluid was precious to them. – The Boy Volunteers with the French Airmen by Kenneth Ward
  10. The lack of any clear aim shows itself in the fluid nature of the term " results"; to some teachers it signifies readiness for promotion, or a piece of work that presents a satisfactory external appearance, such as good writing, neat handwork, an orderly game, fluent reading. – The Child Under Eight by E.R. Murray and Henrietta Brown Smith
  11. Hence they may still be seen laboriously at work with their shadoofs, sakiehs, and other water- wheels worked by hand or mule power, raising the fertilising fluid to a sufficient height to be discharged and flow of itself, spreading over the patches of land requiring irrigation. – The Khedive's Country by George Manville Fenn
  12. On the next day the smaller eschar was quite adherent; under the large one, there was still a very little fluid. – An Essay on the Application of the Lunar Caustic in the Cure of Certain Wounds and Ulcers by John Higginbottom
  13. Besides, the heavy igneous fluid will often, as it moves along, cut a channel into beds of soft mud and sand. – The Student's Elements of Geology by Sir Charles Lyell
  14. We know it is a colored fluid, and it is in all parts of the flesh and bone. – Philosophy of Osteopathy by Andrew T. Still
  15. The above quantity of materials will only cost about $ 1. 50, so that the fluid will only cost about three cents a bottle. – One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed by C. A. Bogardus
  16. Another mouthful was ready for exhibition purposes when some appreciative admirer enthusiastically clapped our boy between the shoulder- blades and most of his mouth's contents, fluid and solid, was swallowed. – Our Nervous Friends Illustrating the Mastery of Nervousness by Robert S. Carroll
  17. Good fellow the Curey is, but takes a deal of fluid. – Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) by Charles Lever
  18. Spencer has taught the world that all social institutions are fluid and not fixed. – Socialism: Positive and Negative by Robert Rives La Monte
  19. Refined and turned into fluid by the stomach, the materials of the old net will serve for other purposes. – The Life of the Spider by J. Henri Fabre
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