Definition of liquid in US English:

liquid

noun

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

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

adjective

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I found some liquid soap in the small closet around the corner along the hallway.’
    • ‘Most strippers have either a semi-paste or a thin liquid consistency, the premium agent of which is methylene chloride.’
    • ‘The liquid solution works by binding to anything it is attracted to, such as cement or lime.’
    • ‘Simply mix the liquid solution with water and sprinkle over your already decaying organic material.’
    • ‘After they have been planted for a week, fertilise with half-strength liquid fertiliser.’
    • ‘The subtle sweetness and refreshing flavor that linger reminds you of sunshine in liquid form.’
    • ‘Gazpachos can thus range in consistency from very liquid to almost solid.’
    • ‘When seedlings appear apply a liquid fertiliser at half strength.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Feed plants regularly with a balanced granular fertilizer or liquid plant food.’
    • ‘In one week, fertilise with half strength liquid fertiliser.’
    • ‘Feed in spring and summer with a balanced liquid fertiliser, to help speed up growth and enhance the plant's health.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As your bulbs finish flowing, don't cut them back, but continue to feed them with liquid fertiliser over the foliage.’
    • ‘When the seedlings appear, fertilise with half strength liquid fertiliser and mulch.’
    • ‘For three long days, this will be your only liquid source - your water.’
    • ‘Allow the chocolate to melt over the hot water and stir it occasionally until it has achieved a liquid consistency.’
    • ‘Try to alternate between some of the different liquid fertilisers I have mentioned.’
    • ‘All pots were watered regularly until mid-July and supplied with liquid inorganic fertilizer on a monthly basis.’
    • ‘I flushed hundreds of eyes with water and liquid antacid.’
    • ‘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.’
    fluid, flowing, running
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    1. 1.1 Having the clear shimmer of water.
      ‘looking into those liquid dark eyes’
      • ‘My attention shifted to Jason, who was currently looking straight at his cousin, his dark eyes pensive, liquid pools of thought.’
      • ‘This lake, though looking as liquid as water, was not clear, but black.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They favored quiet meadows where they could gaze at the world through dark, liquid eyes.’
      • ‘My truth is warm liquid dark eyes and truly good people.’
      • ‘With dark, liquid eyes, black gloves and dramatic eye masks, black - footed ferrets are elegant hunters.’
      • ‘Now though, as she saw Eve's soft liquid brown eyes gazing softly down at her, she could no longer hold it in anymore.’
      clear, transparent, limpid, crystal clear, crystalline, see-through
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    2. 1.2 Denoting a substance normally a gas that has been liquefied by cold or pressure.
      ‘liquid oxygen’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This would be consistent with liquid methane falling on the surface for eons.’
      • ‘The engines are fuelled by liquid petroleum gas, which means that there is no risk of a fire breaking out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Among those are variations on fuel cells, some of which use liquid methanol, water and a catalyst to drive a reaction which generates electricity.’
      • ‘At the top of the cylinder, there is a smaller cylinder filled with a compressed gas - liquid carbon dioxide, for example.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘About midnight, they'll start putting 500,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen in it.’
      • ‘Grudgingly, and with a countenance colder than liquid nitrogen, Cora turned and stormed off down the hall.’
      • ‘The pilot wears a pressure suit and uses the onboard liquid oxygen system for breathing at high altitudes.’
      • ‘Real snow was to have been made on site by spraying air, water, and liquid nitrogen under pressure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Phillips then explained that the standard cooling technique of immersing something in a cold medium, such as liquid nitrogen, is often not adequate.’
      • ‘Leaf samples were cut into small pieces and ground with a pinch of sand, liquid nitrogen, and a cold mortar and pestle.’
    3. 1.3 Not fixed or stable; fluid.
      • ‘Now Kiefer was demonstrating a jump shot and his body was pure grace and liquid movement.’
      • ‘At times there are bursts of pure, liquid dance, at others performers are grabbing handfuls of skin and carrying each other around.’
      • ‘At the other extreme are flowing, liquid garments.’
  • 2(of a sound) clear, pure, and flowing; harmonious.

    ‘the liquid song of the birds’
    • ‘The liquid sound is then further energised by succussion (shaking vigorously).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It glided through the evening air, half song and half word, a sound of liquid calm and cool darkness.’
    • ‘From the clipped liquid sounds it spoke I'd guess it had gotten little more than half the sounds I'd spoken.’
    • ‘Pure liquid trills of a Bulbul coming from some nearby tree bought a smile of delight to his lips.’
    • ‘He is undoubtedly a driving force behind the band, his lilting, liquid bass lines underpinning the more ethereal, fractured sound that surrounds them.’
    • ‘These nests and this large songbird's melodious, liquid calls are signatures of the Neotropical lowlands.’
    pure, clear, smooth, fluent, distinct, clarion
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  • 3(of assets) held in cash or easily converted into cash.

    • ‘Investments must be in financially sound firms with highly liquid shares.’
    • ‘The extent to which the assets of the monetary system consist of ultimate liquid assets is a qualitative characteristic of the money supply.’
    • ‘It is also crucial to recognize that most productive assets are not liquid; they are significantly immobile or irreversible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We recommend you hold around three to six months of your net salary in liquid assets (that can be readily converted to cash).’
    • ‘He said the ratio of liquid assets to total deposits and short term liabilities was above the minimum prudential norm of 50 per cent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All are short-term, highly liquid assets that can easily be converted into cash and used as currency.’
    • ‘Since stocks are a liquid asset, cashing out for an emergency or for a planned expense can be handled fairly easily.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of the wealth has shifted into liquid assets, as uncertain investors stay out of the markets.’
    • ‘In other words, any mixture of liquid assets will be classified as money as long as this mixture passes the correlation test.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘At the same time, greatly heightened demand for safe and liquid assets encouraged shifts from equity markets into deposit assets.’
    • ‘These liquid assets are sometimes referred to as ‘general collateral’.’
    • ‘There are no liquid assets aside from money, unless there is a central bank.’
    • ‘The remainder is invested in liquid assets such as cash and money market instruments.’
    • ‘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.’
    convertible, negotiable, disposable, usable, realizable, obtainable, spendable
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    1. 3.1 Having ready cash or liquid assets.
    2. 3.2 (of a market) having a high volume of activity.
      • ‘Swan attributes this to better yields in Britain, lower vacancy rates and transaction costs and a more liquid market in general.’
      • ‘Buying a property without knowing how liquid the resale market is can be dangerous.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Such rigging is virtually impossible in a liquid market, and it will cost that slimeball dearly to try.’
      • ‘Brokers such as Francis sustained a liquid market for bank notes, even during the Panic of 1837.’
      • ‘They are very important players in less liquid markets like the credit markets.’
      • ‘Especially to accommodate the explosion of the derivatives markets, the Fed must guarantee continuous and liquid markets.’
      • ‘That's pretty revolutionary, because it makes the trade-finance market incredibly liquid and incredibly robust.’
      • ‘A liquid market with little information is one where prices are typically highly volatile.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Instead, they will look to Britain and the eurozone where there is a greater supply of properties and the markets are more liquid.’
      • ‘The first is to stabilise the market in periods of market dysfunction, such as when the market is very liquid.’
      • ‘A liquid market is one where it is possible to buy and sell stocks quickly.’
      • ‘Carey says he took the partnership public to create a liquid market for investors who wanted to cash out.’
      • ‘On the other hand, prices in the deep countryside are difficult to predict, owing to lower demand and a less liquid market.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Whatever you buy needs to be of investment grade - meaning in pristine condition, preferably boxed, and the market needs to be liquid.’
      • ‘Depository receipts are typically used to allow a stock to trade on a more lucrative, more exposed, more liquid market.’
      • ‘To date, few buyers have used rating and coverage packages, but insurers predict that will change when online markets become more liquid.’
  • 4Phonetics
    (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.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

liquid

/ˈlikwid//ˈlɪkwɪd/