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Meaning of liquid

liq•uid

Pronunciation: (lik'wid), [key]
— adj.
  1. composed of molecules that move freely among themselves but do not tend to separate like those of gases; neither gaseous nor solid.
  2. of, pertaining to, or consisting of liquids: a liquid diet.
  3. flowing like water.
  4. clear, transparent, or bright: liquid eyes.
  5. (of sounds, tones, etc.) smooth; agreeable; flowing freely: the liquid voice of a trained orator.
  6. in cash or readily convertible into cash without significant loss of principal: liquid assets.
  7. characterizing a frictionless speech sound pronounced with only a partial obstruction of the breath stream and whose utterance can be prolonged as that of a vowel, esp. l and r.
  8. (of movements, gestures, etc.) graceful; smooth; free and unconstricted: the ballerina's liquid arabesques.
—n.
  1. a liquid substance.
  2. either r or l, and sometimes m, n, ng.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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