solid-state
adjective Date: circa 1951 1. relating to the properties, structure, or reactivity of solid material; especially relating to the arrangement or behavior of ions, molecules, nucleons, electrons, and holes in the crystals of a substance (as a semiconductor) or to the effect of crystal imperfections on the properties of a solid substance <
solid-state physics
>
2. a. utilizing the electric, magnetic, or optical properties of solid materials <
solid-state circuitry
>
b. using semiconductor devices rather than electron tubes <
a solid-state radio
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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