Definition of rigidity in US English:



  • 1Inability to be to bent or be forced out of shape.

    ‘the tough substance that gives plants their rigidity’
    • ‘The man stands at attention, head angled up, hands clenched at his sides, literally embodying the edifice of culture and the rigidity of man-made structures.’
    • ‘I noticed that in less than a minute afterward, his corpse had all the stern rigidity of stone.’
    • ‘There are two inseparable, irreconcilable worlds, like the flow of water and the immoveable, skull-like rigidity of the hill.’
    • ‘Asymmetric hoops alternate along the length of the bridge to give the fabric rigidity and animate the canopy's form.’
    • ‘It is as if the rigidity of the object were at war with a softening, playful freedom.’
    • ‘The stair generated out of this geometry, an almost helical form, frees itself from the rigidity of the ceiling, only to be encompassed by the new limit of the silo walls.’
    • ‘The materials are varied: rope, cloth, rubber, leather, paper, canvas, vinyl—anything that offers a certain persistence of form but lacks rigidity.’
    • ‘Absolute motion is closely tied to its organic substance, according to its characteristics: porousness, impermeability, rigidity, elasticity, etc.’
    • ‘The base is made of tubular steel for strength and rigidity without excess weight.’
    • ‘The carpenters applied additional laths horizontally and vertically to ensure the structure's rigidity.’
  • 2Inability to be changed or adapted.

    ‘the rigidity of the school system’
    • ‘The rhetorical paradox criticizes the limitations and rigidity of argumentation.’
    • ‘Those arguments proceed to the rigidity and arbitrariness of imposed standards.’
    • ‘He rejected the rigidities of structuralist analyses and instead suggested there is no pattern or underlying coherence in history.’
    • ‘The republic was narrowing itself into the ideological rigidities of the Cold War.’
    • ‘They skip the rigidity of the academy for something more natural and less satisfying.’
    • ‘He critiques the rigidity of laws and prejudices that are so fundamental to the makeup of his native social order.’
    • ‘It made me think of Internet advertising and the rigidity that some advertisers bring to a new medium that has truly changed the rules.’
    • ‘They find common ground in religion and the rigidity of the concept of the infallibility of any interpretation coming from the religious authority.’
    • ‘These composers ushered in a greater compositional freedom that deviated significantly from the rigidity of the then-exisiting regimen.’
    • ‘It was the rigidity of my homeland towards gays and lesbians that provoked my initial exile.’
    1. 2.1 Unwillingness to be adaptable in outlook, belief, or response.
      ‘there was a regrettable rigidity in this decision’
      • ‘His habits and tastes were profoundly bourgeois, and he was regular in his habits to the point of rigidity.’
      • ‘Our incumbent politicians are keenly aware of Canadians' progressive values and Americans' sociopolitical rigidity.’
      • ‘The rigidity of his administration and congressional supporters meant that effective policymaking was impossible.’
      • ‘The rigidity of the first scene, which may reflect the rigidity of Theseus himself, slowed it almost to a halt.’
      • ‘He plays a college physics professor, whose rule-ridden rigidity keeps life at a distance.’
      • ‘I still think there's something appealing about the consumer advocate's ideological rigidity.’
      • ‘His rigidity of thought means that this level of teaching must be professionally informed, monitored, and developed on a continuum at all times.’
      • ‘The desired results can be achieved only if the male members of the family shed their attitudinal rigidity.’
      • ‘In response to his rigidity and dictatorial nature, one of his assistants created his own professional group of physicians.’
      • ‘Her adherence to conventionally inflexible distinctions signals her rigidity and demonstrates her failure to adapt successfully to her new surroundings.’