solid, stolid

Solid has several meanings, stolid only one. A stolid person is impassive, one who has, or at least reveals, little emotion: "That farmer, immovable in his opinions, is stolid not from dullness but from feeling that he is right." Solid is correctly used in sentences such as these: "This is a solid block of ice (not hollowed out)." "That ring is solid gold (of the same substance throughout)." "There is a solid (continuous) block of cars." "We ate a solid (complete, substantial) meal." "You are a solid (upstanding, dependable) citizen." "Give me some solid (reliable, concrete) facts." A solid (trustworthy) individual may or may not be stolid (expressionless).

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