- The definition of rigid is a person or thing that is stiff, doesn't bend or doesn't move.
- An example of rigid is a thick metal pole.
- An example of rigid is someone who will only take showers at night.
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- not bending or flexible; stiff and hard: a rigid metal girder
- not moving; set
- severe; strict; exacting: a rigid taskmaster
- not deviating; rigorous: rigid regulations
- precise; exact: rigid specifications
- Aeron. having a rigid framework that encloses containers for the gas: said of an airship
Origin: L rigidus from rigere, to be stiff, numb from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)rig-, cold from source frigid
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- Not flexible or pliant; stiff.
- Not moving; fixed.
- Marked by a lack of flexibility; rigorous and exacting: “We have watered down a rigid training . . . until we now have an educational diet in many of our public high schools that nourishes neither the classes nor the masses” (Agnes Meyer).
- Scrupulously maintained or performed: rigid discipline. See Synonyms at stiff.
Origin: Middle English rigide, from Latin rigidus, from rigēre, to be stiff; see reig- in Indo-European roots.
- rigˈid·ly adverb
- rigˈid·ness noun