Rigid Rig"id, a. [L. rigidus, fr. rigere to be stiff or numb: cf. F. rigide. Cf. {Rigor}. ] 1. Firm; stiff; unyielding; not pliant; not flexible. [1913 Webster]

Upright beams innumerable Of rigid spears. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, not lax or indulgent; severe; inflexible; strict; as, a rigid father or master; rigid discipline; rigid criticism; a rigid sentence. [1913 Webster]

The more rigid order of principles in religion and government. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Stiff; unpliant; inflexible; unyielding; strict; exact; severe; austere; stern; rigorous; unmitigated. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • rigid — [rij′id] adj. [L rigidus < rigere, to be stiff, numb < IE base * (s)rig , cold > FRIGID] 1. not bending or flexible; stiff and hard [a rigid metal girder] 2. not moving; set 3. severe; strict; exacting [a rigid taskmaster] 4 …   English World dictionary

  • Rigid — (v. lat.), 1) starr, spröde; 2) streng, hart, unerbittlich; daher Rigidiōres (Strengere), welche an dem Lehrbegriff der Kirche streng halten. Rigidisten, eine Partei der Jansenisten, welche auf ein festes Halten an der alten Kirchenordnung… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Rigīd — (lat.), starr, streng; Rigidität, Strenge …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Rigid — Rigīd (lat.), starr, streng; Rigidität, Starrheit, Strenge …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Rigid — Rigid, lat. dtsch., starr, steif, spröde; streng, hart; R. ität, Steifheit, Starrheit; Strenge …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • rigid — I adjective austere, dour, durus, exact, exacting, firm, firmly set, fixed, flinty, formal, hard, harsh, hidebound, indurate, indurated, indurative, inelastic, inexorable, inflexible, intractable, motionless, obdurate, obstinate, orthodox,… …   Law dictionary

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  • rigid — (adj.) 1530s, from L. rigidus hard, stiff, rough, severe, from rigere be stiff, from PIE *reig stretch (tight), bind tightly, make fast (Cf. O.Ir. riag torture, M.H.G. ric band, string ) …   Etymology dictionary

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