A continuous, amorphous substance whose molecules move freely past one another and that has the tendency to assume the shape of its container; a liquid or gas.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a fluid.
2. Readily reshaped; pliable.
3. Smooth and flowing; graceful: the fluid motion of a cat.
a. Changing or tending to change; variable: a fluid situation fraught with uncertainty.
b. Characterized by or allowing social mobility: a fluid society.
5. Convertible into cash: fluid assets.
[From Middle English, flowing, from Old French fluide, from Latin fluidus, from fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
flu·idi·ty (-ĭdĭ-tē), fluid·ness n.
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