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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fluid  \Flu"id\,  n. 
  A  fluid  substance;  a  body  whose  particles  move  easily  among 
  themselves. 
 
  Note:  Fluid  is  a  generic  term,  including  liquids  and  gases  as 
  species.  Water,  air,  and  steam  are  fluids.  By  analogy, 
  the  term  is  sometimes  applied  to  electricity  and 
  magnetism,  as  in  phrases  electric  fluid,  magnetic 
  fluid,  though  not  strictly  appropriate. 
 
  {Fluid  dram},  or  {Fluid  drachm},  a  measure  of  capacity  equal 
  to  one  eighth  of  a  fluid  ounce. 
 
  {Fluid  ounce}. 
  a  In  the  United  States,  a  measure  of  capacity,  in 
  apothecaries'  or  wine  measure,  equal  to  one  sixteenth  of 
  a  pint  or  29.57  cubic  centimeters.  This  for  water,  is 
  about  1.04158  ounces  avoirdupois,  or  455.6  grains. 
  b  In  England,  a  measure  of  capacity  equal  to  the  twentieth 
  part  of  an  imperial  pint.  For  water,  this  is  the  weight 
  of  the  avoirdupois  ounce,  or  437.5  grains. 
 
  {Fluids  of  the  body}.  (Physiol.)  The  circulating  blood  and 
  lymph,  the  chyle,  the  gastric,  pancreatic,  and  intestinal 
  juices,  the  saliva,  bile,  urine,  aqueous  humor,  and  muscle 
  serum  are  the  more  important  fluids  of  the  body.  The 
  tissues  themselves  contain  a  large  amount  of  combined 
  water,  so  much  that  an  entire  human  body  dried  in  vacuo 
  with  a  very  moderate  degree  of  heat  gives  about  66  per 
  cent  of  water. 
 
  {Burning  fluid},  {Elastic  fluid},  {Electric  fluid},  {Magnetic 
  fluid},  etc  See  under  {Burning},  {Elastic},  etc 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fluid  \Flu"id\,  a.  [L.  fluidus  fr  fluere  to  flow:  cf  F. 
  fluide.  See  {Fluent}.] 
  Having  particles  which  easily  move  and  change  their  relative 
  position  without  a  separation  of  the  mass,  and  which  easily 
  yield  to  pressure;  capable  of  flowing;  liquid  or  gaseous. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fluid 
  adj  1:  subject  to  change;  variable;  "a  fluid  situation  fraught  with 
  uncertainty";  "everything  was  unstable  following  the 
  coup  [syn:  {unstable}] 
  2:  characteristic  of  a  fluid;  capable  of  flowing  and  easily 
  changing  shape  [syn:  {runny}] 
  3:  smooth  and  unconstrained  in  movement;  "a  long,  smooth 
  stride";  "the  fluid  motion  of  a  cat";  "the  liquid  grace  of 
  a  ballerina";  "liquid  prose"  [syn:  {flowing},  {fluent},  {liquid}, 
  {smooth}] 
  4:  in  cash  or  easily  convertible  to  cash;  "liquid  (or  fluid) 
  assets"  [syn:  {liquid}] 
  5:  affording  change  (especially  in  social  status);  "Britain  is 
  not  a  truly  fluid  society";  "upwardly  mobile"  [syn:  {mobile}] 
  n  1:  a  substance  that  is  fluid  at  room  temperature  and  pressure 
  2:  a  continuous  amorphous  substance  that  tends  to  flow  and  to 
  conform  to  the  outline  of  its  container:  a  liquid  or  a  gas 




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