fluidity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fluidity a changeable quality "a charming Oriental fluidity of manner","a certain fluidness in his perception of time made him an unpredictable colleague","demographers try to predict social fluidity"
    • n fluidity the property of flowing easily "adding lead makes the alloy easier to cast because the melting point is reduced and the fluidity is increased","they believe that fluidity increases as the water gets warmer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fluidity The quality of being fluid or capable of flowing; a liquid, aëriform, or gaseous state; -- opposed to solidity. "It was this want of organization, this looseness and fluidity of the new movement, that made it penetrate through every class of society."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fluidity The quality of being fluid, or capable of flowing; that quality of a body which renders it incapable of resisting tangential stresses. See fluid, n.
    • n fluidity Fluency; flowing character or style: opposed to rigidity or stiffness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fluidity a liquid or gaseous state
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Quotations

  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “They are decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.”
  • Henry James
    Henry%20James
    “The terrible fluidity of self-revelation.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. fluidité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. fluidus, fluid—fluĕre, to flow.

Usage

In literature:

It was her fluidity that made her lovely.
"Fidelity" by Susan Glaspell
Hypnotism, matter transference, fluidity or a lot of other facts could explain it.
"The Giants From Outer Space" by Geoff St. Reynard
Fluidity, original, of the earth, 110.
"The Origin of the World According to Revelation and Science" by John William Dawson
The periodical cooling and consolidation of the globe from a supposed original state of fluidity from heat.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
These boiling waters do not long preserve their fluidity.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
Heat promotes Fluidity very much by diminishing the Tenacity of Bodies.
"Opticks" by Isaac Newton
He was a touch over six feet, with athletic shoulders, a trim figure, and a graceful fluidity to his stride.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
The greatest fluidity consistent with the preceding requirements, i. e., the least fluid friction allowable.
"Friction, Lubrication and the Lubricants in Horology" by William T. Lewis
The rise of conductivity with temperature, therefore, shows that the fluidity becomes greater when the solution is heated.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2" by Various
His chief impression of them all was of an intolerable fluidity.
"Marriage" by H. G. Wells
To prove the original igneous fluidity of the globe, we might have adopted another course of argument.
"The Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences" by Edward Hitchcock
Anti-coagulants may be employed to preserve fluidity, but only within certain limits.
"The Preparation of Plantation Rubber" by Sidney Morgan
As employed nowadays, the term has a great fluidity of meaning.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Living in a warm climate, as they did, there was no means at their command by which its fluidity could be impaired.
"The Seven Follies of Science [2nd ed.]" by John Phin
The Fluidity of Labour is a fact that has come to stay.
"Glimpses into the Abyss" by Mary Higgs
For this reason it possesses fluidity, and takes on manifold shapes.
"Demonology and Devil-lore" by Moncure Daniel Conway
This becomes less true as the fluidity of the ground increases.
"Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240" by Anonymous
This remarkable fluidity makes it practically impossible to get any group statistics that are worth the paper they are written on.
"Paris and the Social Revolution" by Alvan Francis Sanborn
For instance, the addition of a slight amount of Venetian turpentine permits a greater fluidity.
"The Invention of Lithography" by Alois Senefelder
But the experimental character of moral judgments does not mean complete uncertainty and fluidity.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey
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In news:

No big point is made of it, though fans of Mr Miyazaki's "Princess Mononoke," which was promoted on a much larger scale, may be let down by the minor-chord fluidity of this film.
Still, Wit brought fluidity and eloquence to the performances, and the orchestra - especially the woodwinds and brass, which mustered a pungent and richly blended timbre - delivered splendidly.
Revision of D4682 - 87(2002) Standard Specification for Miscibility with Gasoline and Fluidity of Two-Stroke-Cycle Gasoline Engine Lubricants.
Fluidity , above the surface and below.
WK20830 Standard Specification for Miscibility with Gasoline and Fluidity of Two-Stroke-Cycle Gasoline Engine Lubricants.
On her Rhymesayers debut, The Death of Frequent Flyer, local MC Psalm One demonstrates a remarkable fluidity--she changes moods like they were clothes, though her easygoing swagger is recognizable no matter the outfit.
The edged-with-chaos wispiness of Rob Tarbell 's smoke work complements Grant's fluidity.
How do I continue to grow and change with the fluidity of youth.
Wordplay 's fluidity and James Toback's madness.
The stories are quick, tiny surveys of a given culture's conventions, told as monomythic, Joseph Campbell–ish pastiches and animated with a fluidity and deliberateness that nearly excuses the film's slightness.
"She brought form to the organicism and elegance and fluidity that we expect of ceramics today, reaching as many people as possible," said Paola Antonelli, a curator of architecture and design at the museum.
Choreographer Septime Webre helps employees of the storied restaurant bring fluidity and grace to evening service.
There are, in fact, women who write about sex and relationships, about women's sexual fluidity, about the way we have impacted straight women's concepts of sex, marriage and love.
I was riveted by the wispy sound of an aging Lester Young's saxophone, the smears and bends of Harry "Sweets" Edison's trumpet — and the fluidity of Herb Ellis on guitar .
But now our New Year harbinger appears to have adapted properly to South Florida's linguistic fluidity as it has done a name change, a la P.
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