Definition of solidify in US English:

solidify

verbsolidifies, solidified, solidifying

  • 1Make or become hard or solid.

    no object ‘the magma slowly solidifies and forms crystals’
    • ‘It rose them to the surface and solidified into a deep-blue crystal that evened itself with the rest of the floor.’
    • ‘Around three to five minutes later, the soya-bean milk solidifies and turns into Bean Jelly.’
    • ‘Slowly the molten rock solidified, and fissures appeared, while the water was still hot and fluid.’
    • ‘Hydrogenated fat is vegetable oil that has been chemically altered so that it becomes harder, more saturated and solidifies at room temperature.’
    • ‘Recent research suggests that this gas can later solidify into a blob.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mold must be preheated with a blowtorch to keep the silver from solidifying before it fills the whole cavity.’
    • ‘They also contain ingredients that make them stay in the stomach longer, it solidifies and makes it harder for the milk to digest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dolerite is basaltic magma that solidifies rapidly in sills and dikes near the surface.’
    • ‘Apparently, thousands of kitchen sinks are clogged every Christmas when turkey fat is tipped down the sink, then solidifies in the U-bend.’
    • ‘The mixture is left to solidify and once coagulated is scored with a knife and left overnight.’
    • ‘When the temperature drops (due to cold weather or when the body is at rest), the capsules solidify and release the stored heat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the metal solidifies, the urali is retrieved after breaking the mould.’
    • ‘In some instances, stationary magmas solidify in situ.’
    • ‘Texture holds together under scorching conditions and partially solidifies in extreme cold.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Active steps to embrace this reality and prepare for it will solidify the National Guard's importance in that role.’
      • ‘Gradually and under the direction of Mark Hutchinson the Boys defence began to solidify and Hanover began to own less possession in midfield.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘The departure time slowly crept nearer, and the airlift rumors were solidifying into reality.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And what would solidify that was the fact that he came in last week when Brady went down and the team responded to him.’
      • ‘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 that means taking their heads out of the sand and understanding that the literary culture is solidifying: online and in other places.’
      • ‘However, many accountability systems tend to solidify and perpetuate these differences rather than facilitate their elimination.’
      • ‘The hard work has solidified a dedicated fan base, but not without its consequences.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His political fence-mending goes on all the time and he has worked hard to solidify his base.’
      • ‘But do we really want to solidify and accentuate differences?’
      • ‘This ideology was tested and solidified before and during WWI when the AFL loudly proclaimed its patriotism.’
      • ‘One observer looks in the box which starts the process which is verified and solidified through the hierarchy of observation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This starts to get at how the radical contingency of science solidifies through processes of excluding whatever is not-science.’

Pronunciation

solidify

/səˈlidəˌfī//səˈlɪdəˌfaɪ/