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Meaning of RIGIDITY

Pronunciation:  rij'idutee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the quality of being rigid and rigorously severe
  2. [n]  the physical property of being stiff and resisting bending

RIGIDITY is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: inflexibility, rigidness
 Antonyms: flexibility
 See Also: inelasticity, inflexibleness, unadaptability



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ri*gid"i*ty\, n. [L. rigiditas: cf. F. rigidit['e].
See {Rigid}.]
1. The quality or state of being rigid; want of pliability;
   the quality of resisting change of form; the amount of
   resistance with which a body opposes change of form; --
   opposed to {flexibility}, {ductility}, {malleability}, and

2. Stiffness of appearance or manner; want of ease or
   elegance. --Sir H. Wotton.

3. Severity; rigor. [Obs. orR.] --Bp. Burnet.

Syn: Stiffness; rigidness; inflexibility.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: increased resistance to the passive movement of a limb.