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ADJECTIVE (5)

1. incapable of or resistant to bending;
- Example: "a rigid strip of metal"
- Example: "a table made of rigid plastic"
- Example: "a palace guardsman stiff as a poker"
- Example: "stiff hair"
- Example: "a stiff neck"
[syn: rigid, stiff]

2. incapable of compromise or flexibility;
[syn: rigid, strict]

3. incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances;
- Example: "a rigid disciplinarian"
- Example: "an inflexible law"
- Example: "an unbending will to dominate"
[syn: inflexible, rigid, unbending]

4. designating an airship or dirigible having a form maintained by a stiff unyielding frame or structure;

5. fixed and unmoving;
- Example: "with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare"
- Example: "his bearded face already has a set hollow look"- Connor Cruise O'Brien
- Example: "a face rigid with pain"
[syn: fixed, set, rigid]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

rigid adj 1: incapable of or resistant to bending; "a rigid strip of metal"; "a table made of rigid plastic"; "a palace guardsman stiff as a poker"; "stiff hair"; "a stiff neck" [syn: rigid, stiff] 2: incapable of compromise or flexibility [syn: rigid, strict] 3: incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances; "a rigid disciplinarian"; "an inflexible law"; "an unbending will to dominate" [syn: inflexible, rigid, unbending] 4: designating an airship or dirigible having a form maintained by a stiff unyielding frame or structure [ant: nonrigid] 5: fixed and unmoving; "with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare"; "his bearded face already has a set hollow look"- Connor Cruise O'Brien; "a face rigid with pain" [syn: fixed, set, rigid]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

204 Moby Thesaurus words for "rigid": abiding, accurate, adamant, adamantine, at a standstill, attentive, austere, buckram, careful, cast-iron, changeless, close, conscientious, constant, continuing, correct, critical, delicate, demanding, detailed, determined, direct, dogged, dour, draconian, durable, enduring, even, exact, exacting, exigent, express, exquisite, faithful, fine, finical, finicking, finicky, firm, firm as Gibraltar, fixed, flinty, frozen, fundamentalist, fussy, grim, hard, hard and fast, hard-core, hard-line, harsh, headstrong, hidebound, immobile, immotile, immotive, immovable, immutable, implacable, impliable, in buckram, inelastic, inerrable, inerrant, inexorable, infallible, inflexible, infrangible, intact, intransigent, inviolate, iron, ironbound, ironclad, ironhanded, irreconcilable, irremovable, lasting, literal, made of iron, mathematical, meticulous, micrometrically precise, microscopic, minute, mulish, muscle-bound, narrow, nice, obdurate, obstinate, orthodox, painstaking, particular, pat, permanent, perpetual, persevering, persistent, pigheaded, pinpoint, pokerlike, precise, precisianistic, precisionistic, prim, procrustean, punctilious, punctual, purist, puristic, puritan, puritanic, quiescent, ramrodlike, refined, relentless, religious, religiously exact, remaining, renitent, resolute, resolved, rigorist, rigoristic, rigorous, rock-ribbed, rockbound, rodlike, scientific, scientifically exact, scrupulous, scrutinizing, set, severe, single-minded, solid, sound, square, stable, standpat, starch, starched, starchy, static, stationary, staunch, staying, steadfast, steely, stern, stiff, stiff as buckram, stilted, stout, straightlaced, strait-laced, straitlaced, strict, stringent, strong, stubborn, sturdy, subtle, sustained, taut, tenacious, tense, thorough, tight, torpid, tough, unadaptable, unaffected, unalterable, unaltered, unbending, unbreakable, unchangeable, unchanged, unchanging, unchecked, uncompliant, uncompromising, undestroyed, undeviating, unerring, unfading, unfailing, unflexible, ungiving, unmovable, unmoved, unmoving, unqualified, unrelaxed, unrelenting, unshifting, unswerving, unvaried, unvarying, unwavering, unyielding, virgate