Definition of solidify in English:

solidify

verb

  • 1Make or become hard or solid.

    no object ‘the magma slowly solidifies and forms crystals’
    • ‘Dolerite is basaltic magma that solidifies rapidly in sills and dikes near the surface.’
    • ‘Conventional computer chips comprise a thin slice of silicon, which is made by cooling pure, molten silicon in such a way that, as the fiery drop solidifies, a crystal ‘grows’ in a certain direction.’
    • ‘Slowly the molten rock solidified, and fissures appeared, while the water was still hot and fluid.’
    • ‘First, they have to be frozen at a carefully controlled rate, so that any water content moves to the outside of the tissues before solidifying into ice and expanding.’
    • ‘When the metal solidifies, the urali is retrieved after breaking the mould.’
    • ‘Around three to five minutes later, the soya-bean milk solidifies and turns into Bean Jelly.’
    • ‘Recent research suggests that this gas can later solidify into a blob.’
    • ‘Ocean ridges are linear features on the ocean floor where molten magma originating in the earth's mantle rises and solidifies to form new ocean crust.’
    • ‘It rose them to the surface and solidified into a deep-blue crystal that evened itself with the rest of the floor.’
    • ‘In some instances, stationary magmas solidify in situ.’
    • ‘Quickly it solidified into crystals of ice, and in only a few moments the surface of the cloak was covered with a sheen of glimmering ice.’
    • ‘When the temperature drops (due to cold weather or when the body is at rest), the capsules solidify and release the stored heat.’
    • ‘Hydrogenated fat is vegetable oil that has been chemically altered so that it becomes harder, more saturated and solidifies at room temperature.’
    • ‘She was trapped in mud debris from an erupting volcano that had solidified like concrete around her legs and up to her chest, preventing her from being pulled out.’
    • ‘They also contain ingredients that make them stay in the stomach longer, it solidifies and makes it harder for the milk to digest.’
    • ‘The mold must be preheated with a blowtorch to keep the silver from solidifying before it fills the whole cavity.’
    • ‘Texture holds together under scorching conditions and partially solidifies in extreme cold.’
    • ‘Inevitably, where molten rock met the bitter cold of space, heat was lost rapidly, allowing the outermost levels of the magma ocean to solidify to a thin crust.’
    • ‘The mixture is left to solidify and once coagulated is scored with a knife and left overnight.’
    • ‘Apparently, thousands of kitchen sinks are clogged every Christmas when turkey fat is tipped down the sink, then solidifies in the U-bend.’
    harden, go hard, set, freeze, ice over, ice up, gel, thicken, stiffen, congeal, clot, coagulate, curdle, cake, dry, bake, consolidate, ossify, fossilize, petrify
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    1. 1.1with object Make stronger; reinforce.
      ‘social and political pressures helped to solidify national identities’
      • ‘It is this group which specifically prefers Alberta locations, thus reinforcing the duality and solidifying the philosophical divide.’
      • ‘The appearance of the play-within-a-play solidified for me the impression that Foolish Acts is one big fluffy in-joke.’
      • ‘However, many accountability systems tend to solidify and perpetuate these differences rather than facilitate their elimination.’
      • ‘One observer looks in the box which starts the process which is verified and solidified through the hierarchy of observation.’
      • ‘His political fence-mending goes on all the time and he has worked hard to solidify his base.’
      • ‘Gradually and under the direction of Mark Hutchinson the Boys defence began to solidify and Hanover began to own less possession in midfield.’
      • ‘This starts to get at how the radical contingency of science solidifies through processes of excluding whatever is not-science.’
      • ‘As always, DVD solidifies all the reasons I loved the film at the cinema but also offers the chance to see all the details that I'd missed then.’
      • ‘And the Salt Lake Tribune declared on the day after the election, ‘While the nation and most of Utah tilt further to the right, Salt Lake County is solidifying as a bastion for the left.’’
      • ‘Before the advent of roads or railways, the sheer difficulty in traversing Peru's geography was one of the greatest obstacles to solidifying a national identity.’
      • ‘At a time when voter apathy and distrust of politicians is a concern on the lips of almost the entire chattering class, this is a measure sure to help solidify all these problems.’
      • ‘Active steps to embrace this reality and prepare for it will solidify the National Guard's importance in that role.’
      • ‘The hard work has solidified a dedicated fan base, but not without its consequences.’
      • ‘And what would solidify that was the fact that he came in last week when Brady went down and the team responded to him.’
      • ‘But do we really want to solidify and accentuate differences?’
      • ‘The departure time slowly crept nearer, and the airlift rumors were solidifying into reality.’
      • ‘That realization is hard for Anna, because it solidifies that the only exciting things in her life at this point are the little encounters she has with the mysterious count.’
      • ‘As sea-salt is to spume, so letters are to conversation, solidifying and preserving the froth of wit and wisdom, fret and fume, which would otherwise have died still-born on the air of their delivery.’
      • ‘This ideology was tested and solidified before and during WWI when the AFL loudly proclaimed its patriotism.’
      • ‘And that means taking their heads out of the sand and understanding that the literary culture is solidifying: online and in other places.’

Pronunciation

solidify

/səˈlɪdɪfʌɪ/