What is fluid?

  • (adj): In cash or easily convertible to cash.
    Synonyms: liquid
    See also — Additional definitions below


In physics, a fluid is a substance that continually deforms (flows) under an applied shear stress. Fluids are a subset of the phases of matter and include liquids, gases, plasmas and, to some extent, plastic solids.

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Fluid - Physics - Modelling
... In a solid, shear stress is a function of strain, but in a fluid, shear stress is a function of strain rate ... which describes the role of pressure in characterizing a fluid's state ... relationship between shear stress, and the rate of strain and its derivatives, fluids can be characterized as one of the following Newtonian fluids where stress is ...

More definitions of "fluid":

  • (adj): Subject to change; variable.
    Example: "A fluid situation fraught with uncertainty"
    Synonyms: unstable
  • (adj): Characteristic of a fluid; capable of flowing and easily changing shape.
    Synonyms: runny
  • (noun): A continuous amorphous substance that tends to flow and to conform to the outline of its container: a liquid or a gas.
  • (noun): A substance that is fluid at room temperature and pressure.
  • (adj): Affording change (especially in social status).
    Example: "Britain is not a truly fluid society"
    Synonyms: mobile

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