firm


firm
firm adj Firm, hard, solid are comparable chiefly as meaning having a texture or consistency that markedly resists deformation by external force.
Firm (opposed to loose, flabby) suggests such closeness or compactness of texture or a consistency so heavy or substantial that the substance or material quickly returns to shape or is difficult to pull, distort, cut, or displace
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firm cloth

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firm flesh

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firm jellies

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firm ground

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Hard (opposed to soft; see also HARD 2) implies impenetrability or relatively complete resistance to pressure or tension but, unlike firm, hard rarely implies elasticity
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hard as adamant

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hard as steel

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diamond is one of the hardest substances known

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Solid (opposed to fluid) implies such density and coherence in the mass as enable a thing to maintain a fixed form in spite of external deforming forces
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solid mineral matter

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As opposed to flimsy, the term implies a structure or construction that makes a thing sound, strong, or stable
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solid furniture

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a solid foundation

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the bungalow was a very solid one— Kipling

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As opposed to hollow, it implies the absence of empty spaces within the structure or mass and, usually, the same or similar density and hardness of material throughout
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a solid rubber tire

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a solid wall

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In extended use firm implies stability, fixedness, or resolution
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a firm purpose

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a firm belief

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guide with a firm hand

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a firm and even tough diplomacy— Gaitskell

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Hard implies obduracy or lack of feeling
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a hard master

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she was firm, but she was not hardArchibald Marshall

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a sort of scoutmaster to a hard gang of boys— Lovett

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Solid usually implies substantiality or genuineness
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a solid meal

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solid facts

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solid virtues

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solid attainments

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money, the great solvent of the solid fabric of the old society, the great generator of illusion— Trilling

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but it may imply absolute reliability or seriousness of purpose
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solid banks

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a solid character

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his scholarship was solid and sound— McGifferty

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or unbroken continuity (as in time, group feeling, or opinion)
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put in a solid week on a piece of work

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the solid vote of the members

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Analogous words: compact, Close, dense, thick: tough, tenacious, *strong: *stiff, rigid, inflexible
Antonyms: loose, flabby
Contrasted words: flaccid, *limp, floppy, flimsy, sleazy

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