Meaning of solidus in English:

solidus

Pronunciation /ˈsɒlɪdəs/

nounplural noun solidi/ˈsɒlɪdʌɪ/

  • 1mainly British

    another term for slash (sense 2 of the noun)

    ‘This latter mark has a number of aliases, being known also as the solidus, oblique or virgule, among other names.’
    • ‘The virgule or solidus is also used in the following ways.’
  • 2

    (also solidus curve)
    Chemistry
    A curve in a graph of the temperature and composition of a mixture, below which the substance is entirely solid.

    ‘Although the values for the fluidus curve are identical within experimental error, the saturated lipids have a much higher degree of nonideality of mixing at the solidus curve.’
    • ‘The upper curve is the liquidus, the lower one the solidus; above the liquidus olivine is liquid, below the solidus it is solid, and between the two curves olivine and liquid coexist.’
    • ‘At temperatures between the solidus and the liquidus, an SORT phase, predominantly composed of octadecanol, coexists with a tetradecanol-enriched liquid phase.’
    • ‘Solidification begins when the temperature drops below the liquidus; it is completed when the temperature reaches the solidus.’
    • ‘Beyond this, nothing can be said of their direction, except, of course, that they must connect liquidus to solidus.’
  • 3 historical A gold coin of the later Roman Empire.

    ‘This mysterious funerary currency was cast in China but is an attempt to replicate a silver coin in circulation in Bactria and Northern India between 100 B.C. and 100 A.D. that was in turn a copy of a Byzantine gold coin, the solidus.’
    • ‘He established a gold coinage of 72 solidi to the pound, but the other coinage continued to depreciate.’
    • ‘Yet another day in the decline of the Empire - and like the solidus and the denarius, the US dollar gets ‘clipped’ a little more each day.’
    • ‘The old Roman coin the solidus was considered to be wholly reliable, and a soldier was one who was paid in solidi.’
    • ‘Long-distance monies of the pre-modern Mediterranean world included the Byzantine solidus from the fifth century onwards and the Muslim dinar from the eighth to the thirteenth centuries.’

    Origin

    From Latin solidus (nummus).

Origin

Latin, literally ‘solid’.