Definition of liquid in English:



  • 1A substance that flows freely but is of constant volume, having a consistency like that of water or oil.

    ‘drink plenty of liquids’
    • ‘Water and mercury are liquids at room temperature so they get the vapor title.’
    • ‘Each person then sips the liquid through a silver tube.’
    • ‘Place over medium heat until almost all of the liquid in the pan has evaporated.’
    • ‘The thick brown liquid sloshed in the bottle as she turned it over in her hands.’
    • ‘He had no sooner poured the amber liquid into the glass when he heard something run into his door.’
    • ‘The solid that dissolves in a liquid is the solute and the liquid in which it dissolves is the solvent.’
    • ‘Drain the pineapple and strain the poaching liquid through a fine mesh sieve.’
    • ‘He poured the steaming hot liquid into her cup.’
    • ‘Drinking plenty of liquids such as water, fruit juice, and vegetable juice can help prevent dehydration.’
    • ‘The volume of the liquids is constant, so the curvature of their interface will change.’
    • ‘Chromatography is a technique for analyzing mixtures of gases, liquids, or dissolved substances.’
    • ‘She propped him up and Anna forced him to drink the liquid in the cup.’
    • ‘Only a slight pool of a shimmering silver liquid on the floor made him stop and take notice.’
    • ‘The common glycols are colorless liquids with specific gravities greater than that of water.’
    • ‘Pour additional reserved cooking liquid into the mold.’
    • ‘Drink plenty of liquids, such as water, juice or tea.’
    • ‘As air is beaten into the mixture, the egg whites become a frothy liquid with the consistency of an egg cream.’
    • ‘Sand is a good and inexpensive filter through which a solution of solids and liquids can be passed to separate out the liquid.’
    • ‘Authorities released a dispersing liquid into the coastal waters to dilute the slick.’
    • ‘First, you should always drink plenty of liquids (water is the best).’
    moisture, wet, wetness, damp, dampness
    juice, sap, secretion
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  • 2Phonetics
    A consonant produced by allowing the airstream to flow over the sides of the tongue, and able to be prolonged like a vowel (typically l and r)

    • ‘Indeed, the poems themselves employ a vocabulary of linguistics: plosive, liquids, vocables, vowels, consonants.’


  • 1Having a consistency like that of water or oil, i.e., flowing freely but of constant volume.

    • ‘Simply mix the liquid solution with water and sprinkle over your already decaying organic material.’
    • ‘I found some liquid soap in the small closet around the corner along the hallway.’
    • ‘When the seedlings appear, fertilise with half strength liquid fertiliser and mulch.’
    • ‘I flushed hundreds of eyes with water and liquid antacid.’
    • ‘The subtle sweetness and refreshing flavor that linger reminds you of sunshine in liquid form.’
    • ‘The salts considerably lower the freezing point, meaning that, despite the big chill, water can remain in liquid form, which all known life forms require.’
    • ‘Try to alternate between some of the different liquid fertilisers I have mentioned.’
    • ‘Gazpachos can thus range in consistency from very liquid to almost solid.’
    • ‘The liquid solution works by binding to anything it is attracted to, such as cement or lime.’
    • ‘Place one pint of liquid fertilizer in the jar and add two teaspoons of the liquid herbicide.’
    • ‘Seventy-two percent use both liquid and granular fertilizers on their courses.’
    • ‘After they have been planted for a week, fertilise with half-strength liquid fertiliser.’
    • ‘As your bulbs finish flowing, don't cut them back, but continue to feed them with liquid fertiliser over the foliage.’
    • ‘For three long days, this will be your only liquid source - your water.’
    • ‘When seedlings appear apply a liquid fertiliser at half strength.’
    • ‘All pots were watered regularly until mid-July and supplied with liquid inorganic fertilizer on a monthly basis.’
    • ‘Allow the chocolate to melt over the hot water and stir it occasionally until it has achieved a liquid consistency.’
    • ‘Feed plants regularly with a balanced granular fertilizer or liquid plant food.’
    • ‘Feed in spring and summer with a balanced liquid fertiliser, to help speed up growth and enhance the plant's health.’
    • ‘The regency's environmental agency had sent warnings to 25 companies earlier this year for allegedly dumping their liquid waste into the rivers.’
    • ‘The cream's liquid consistency should be absorbed by the skin 30 minutes before sun exposure so it doesn't rub off easily.’
    • ‘In one week, fertilise with half strength liquid fertiliser.’
    • ‘Most strippers have either a semi-paste or a thin liquid consistency, the premium agent of which is methylene chloride.’
    • ‘We know how to laugh about pain, because ultimately in the scope of this enormous complex universe our tiny struggles are as significant as a crumb of eggshell in a vat of liquid concrete.’
    • ‘You could cull some duds in advance by calculating whether the planet was in the habitable zone - the proper distance from its sun for water to be liquid.’
    • ‘During the growing season (late spring to autumn), keep the plant watered and apply a liquid feed every month, as the compost must be moist in winter.’
    fluid, flowing, running
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    1. 1.1Having the clear shimmer of water.
      ‘looking into those liquid dark eyes’
      • ‘The windows of buildings were filled with a liquid dark and alleyways receded into nothing.’
      • ‘Twirling a lock of his long white beard around a finger, the old man looked solemnly at me as his dark liquid eyes gazed at me intently.’
      • ‘With dark, liquid eyes, black gloves and dramatic eye masks, black - footed ferrets are elegant hunters.’
      • ‘My truth is warm liquid dark eyes and truly good people.’
      • ‘My attention shifted to Jason, who was currently looking straight at his cousin, his dark eyes pensive, liquid pools of thought.’
      • ‘Now though, as she saw Eve's soft liquid brown eyes gazing softly down at her, she could no longer hold it in anymore.’
      • ‘This lake, though looking as liquid as water, was not clear, but black.’
      • ‘They favored quiet meadows where they could gaze at the world through dark, liquid eyes.’
      clear, transparent, limpid, crystal clear, crystalline, see-through
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    2. 1.2Denoting a substance normally a gas that has been liquefied by cold or pressure.
      ‘liquid oxygen’
      • ‘Real snow was to have been made on site by spraying air, water, and liquid nitrogen under pressure.’
      • ‘Leaf samples were cut into small pieces and ground with a pinch of sand, liquid nitrogen, and a cold mortar and pestle.’
      • ‘This would be consistent with liquid methane falling on the surface for eons.’
      • ‘They also wanted a second look at a liquid hydrogen pressurization relief valve that cycled more times during the first tanking test than is standard.’
      • ‘Neon, because it has such a low boiling point, doesn't liquefy with the other gases but hovers above the liquid air and can be removed.’
      • ‘There are a variety of less-polluting oil and gas fuels, including liquid petroleum gas, liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas.’
      • ‘Frozen leaves were ground to a powder in a mortar with a pestle in the presence of liquid nitrogen in a cold room.’
      • ‘A second later, this led to the structural failure of the external tank, igniting the liquid hydrogen and oxygen it carried into a fireball.’
      • ‘Some of the cars will use extremely cold liquid hydrogen; others will use hydrogen in a compressed, gaseous form.’
      • ‘Therefore liquid hydrogen tanks would need to be much larger and at the same time stronger and insulated in order to hold the extremely cold liquid hydrogen.’
      • ‘During the eight and a half minutes of main engine burn time, those pumps will have moved about 528,600 gallons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen.’
      • ‘The engines are fuelled by liquid petroleum gas, which means that there is no risk of a fire breaking out.’
      • ‘At the top of the cylinder, there is a smaller cylinder filled with a compressed gas - liquid carbon dioxide, for example.’
      • ‘Embryogenic tissues were homogenized to a very fine powder in liquid nitrogen and then sugar extraction was carried out.’
      • ‘They believe that this underground fluid was mainly liquid carbon dioxide.’
      • ‘About midnight, they'll start putting 500,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen in it.’
      • ‘The pilot wears a pressure suit and uses the onboard liquid oxygen system for breathing at high altitudes.’
      • ‘Among those are variations on fuel cells, some of which use liquid methanol, water and a catalyst to drive a reaction which generates electricity.’
      • ‘Grudgingly, and with a countenance colder than liquid nitrogen, Cora turned and stormed off down the hall.’
      • ‘Phillips then explained that the standard cooling technique of immersing something in a cold medium, such as liquid nitrogen, is often not adequate.’
    3. 1.3Not fixed or stable; fluid.
      • ‘Now Kiefer was demonstrating a jump shot and his body was pure grace and liquid movement.’
      • ‘At the other extreme are flowing, liquid garments.’
      • ‘At times there are bursts of pure, liquid dance, at others performers are grabbing handfuls of skin and carrying each other around.’
  • 2(of a sound) clear, pure, and flowing; harmonious.

    ‘the liquid song of the birds’
    • ‘Sometimes, Mackenzie can be surprisingly conventional in terms of his chosen amplifier sound: warm and mellow, with a liquid tone.’
    • ‘The gentle liquid sound of the pool was louder when the wind came.’
    • ‘He is undoubtedly a driving force behind the band, his lilting, liquid bass lines underpinning the more ethereal, fractured sound that surrounds them.’
    • ‘The liquid sound is then further energised by succussion (shaking vigorously).’
    • ‘It glided through the evening air, half song and half word, a sound of liquid calm and cool darkness.’
    • ‘These nests and this large songbird's melodious, liquid calls are signatures of the Neotropical lowlands.’
    • ‘Pure liquid trills of a Bulbul coming from some nearby tree bought a smile of delight to his lips.’
    • ‘From the clipped liquid sounds it spoke I'd guess it had gotten little more than half the sounds I'd spoken.’
    pure, clear, smooth, fluent, distinct, clarion
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  • 3Phonetics
    (of a consonant, typically l and r) produced by allowing the airstream to flow over the sides of the tongue, and able to be prolonged like a vowel.

  • 4(of assets) held in cash or easily converted into cash.

    • ‘Investments must be in financially sound firms with highly liquid shares.’
    • ‘Since stocks are a liquid asset, cashing out for an emergency or for a planned expense can be handled fairly easily.’
    • ‘All are short-term, highly liquid assets that can easily be converted into cash and used as currency.’
    • ‘This is simplest if you have spare cash, shares or other liquid assets that can easily be siphoned off into a trust when you die.’
    • ‘Although he has slipped recently in the rich lists, he is still reckoned to have around £1 billion of liquid assets to hand.’
    • ‘Borrowers will also desire less debt, since balance sheet liquidity is a concept in which debt is netted against liquid assets.’
    • ‘At the same time, greatly heightened demand for safe and liquid assets encouraged shifts from equity markets into deposit assets.’
    • ‘‘All assets, both fixed and liquid, will be reverted to the new government,’ he said.’
    • ‘So if it has a bad month and it has no supply of liquid assets like a money market account, the company has nothing to make its necessary payments.’
    • ‘Most of the wealth has shifted into liquid assets, as uncertain investors stay out of the markets.’
    • ‘Ten percent of it must be in the form of Singapore government securities, with the rest in the form of cash or other liquid assets.’
    • ‘These liquid assets are sometimes referred to as ‘general collateral’.’
    • ‘The remainder is invested in liquid assets such as cash and money market instruments.’
    • ‘The extent to which the assets of the monetary system consist of ultimate liquid assets is a qualitative characteristic of the money supply.’
    • ‘In other words, any mixture of liquid assets will be classified as money as long as this mixture passes the correlation test.’
    • ‘He said the ratio of liquid assets to total deposits and short term liabilities was above the minimum prudential norm of 50 per cent.’
    • ‘We recommend you hold around three to six months of your net salary in liquid assets (that can be readily converted to cash).’
    • ‘The best asset plays are those that hold large chunks of cash, liquid investments and property - items that are readily re-usable or re-saleable.’
    • ‘There are no liquid assets aside from money, unless there is a central bank.’
    • ‘It is also crucial to recognize that most productive assets are not liquid; they are significantly immobile or irreversible.’
    convertible, negotiable, disposable, usable, realizable, obtainable, spendable
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    1. 4.1Having ready cash or liquid assets.
    2. 4.2(of a market) having a high volume of activity.
      • ‘The capital return is predictable, the market is highly liquid, the costs are low, the likelihood of trading statement shock avoided and returns of capital as good as guaranteed.’
      • ‘A liquid market is one where it is possible to buy and sell stocks quickly.’
      • ‘Whatever you buy needs to be of investment grade - meaning in pristine condition, preferably boxed, and the market needs to be liquid.’
      • ‘Swan attributes this to better yields in Britain, lower vacancy rates and transaction costs and a more liquid market in general.’
      • ‘The first is to stabilise the market in periods of market dysfunction, such as when the market is very liquid.’
      • ‘Remember the market is not liquid or transparent and there aren't necessarily ten other people who will want to buy the stone you are selling at a competitive price.’
      • ‘They are very important players in less liquid markets like the credit markets.’
      • ‘Such rigging is virtually impossible in a liquid market, and it will cost that slimeball dearly to try.’
      • ‘Carey says he took the partnership public to create a liquid market for investors who wanted to cash out.’
      • ‘Brokers such as Francis sustained a liquid market for bank notes, even during the Panic of 1837.’
      • ‘That's pretty revolutionary, because it makes the trade-finance market incredibly liquid and incredibly robust.’
      • ‘Buying a property without knowing how liquid the resale market is can be dangerous.’
      • ‘Depository receipts are typically used to allow a stock to trade on a more lucrative, more exposed, more liquid market.’
      • ‘A liquid market and stable overnight rates is expected this week while on the other hand a further decline in treasury bill rates is inevitable.’
      • ‘On the other hand, prices in the deep countryside are difficult to predict, owing to lower demand and a less liquid market.’
      • ‘To date, few buyers have used rating and coverage packages, but insurers predict that will change when online markets become more liquid.’
      • ‘Instead, they will look to Britain and the eurozone where there is a greater supply of properties and the markets are more liquid.’
      • ‘Especially to accommodate the explosion of the derivatives markets, the Fed must guarantee continuous and liquid markets.’
      • ‘People will probably not buy and sell them unless the markets for them are liquid, which means that a lot of traders must be there at the same time.’
      • ‘A liquid market with little information is one where prices are typically highly volatile.’


Late Middle English: from Latin liquidus, from liquere be liquid.