In the financial markets liquid refers to liquidity; that is, how quickly and easily an asset can be converted to cash.

Real estate is much less liquid then, for example, bars of gold.

Gold can be converted to cash simply almost immediately at a precious metals dealer

Real estate, by contrast, requires a substantially longer period of time. Typcially a seller must retain the services of a broker, who in turn will advertise the property to locate a buyer. Unless wealthy, the buyer will approach a bank for a mortgage, which will require time for review, etc. The process of converting real estate to it's cash equivalent obviously takes much longer.

Any asset can be measured in terms of it's liquidity; this risk weighted asset, or RWA.

Liquid is a form of dance that many ravers perform. However, there is no right or wrong way to perform it. Considering there are no set rules when doing a liquid dance one may ask how can if be classified.

The terms of classification are sketchy at best, but it can be described as a fluid motion performed with the arms, hands, and body that resembles flowing, seamless liquid.

The art does take many different forms, and names, from place to place, but the basic concept is the same.

An interesting tidbit about liquids: While liquids can exist in outer space (read: a vacuum), they can't exist naturally -- they need to be imported. If you want liquid H2O in space, you need to bring it with you.

This is why comets go from a solid (ice/rock) to a gas (tail/dust tail) immediately while plunging towards the sun.

A state of matter in which the item has no definite shape, but it does have a definite volume, which separates it from a gas. It also expands and takes on the shape of its surrounding container.

It's molecularly the middle stage between solid and gas. You can imagine gas as millions of separated molecules, while liquid is those molecules strung together on a chain. Solid would be those chains linked with other chains, and the molecules bonding to more molecules.

For years, glass was assumed to be a liquid, a very, very slow moving liquid. The reasons were that the molecular structure of glass was very movable, and in old cathedrals the stained glass was thicker at the base, meaning maybe it collected there over time.

The theory was disproved when a historian concluded that the glass was thicker at the base because of the way glass was made then, and the thicker end went at the bottom to be a better base. Thanks, Popular Science.

Liq"uid (?), a. [L. liquidus, fr. liquere to be fluid or liquid; cf. Skr. ri to ooze, drop, li to melt.]


Flowing freely like water; fluid; not solid.

Yes, though he go upon the plane and liquid water which will receive no step. Tyndale.

2. Physics

Being in such a state that the component parts move among themselves, but do not tend to separate from each other as the particles of gases and vapors do; neither solid nor aeriform; as, liquid mercury, in distinction from mercury solidified or in a state of vapor.


Flowing or sounding smoothly or without abrupt transitions or harsh tones.

"Liquid melody."



Pronounced without any jar or harshness; smooth; as, l and r are liquid letters.


Fluid and transparent; as, the liquid air.


Clear; definite in terms or amount.

[Obs.] "Though the debt should be entirely liquid."


<-- 7. (Finance) the quality of being readily convertible to cash. -- said of assets, such as common stocks or bonds, tradable on a major stock exchange -->

Liquid glass. See Soluble glass, under Glass.


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Liq"uid, n.


A substance whose parts change their relative position on the slightest pressure, and therefore retain no definite form; any substance in the state of liquidity; a fluid that is not aeriform.

<-- needs a better definition: e.g. a fluid with a definite volume, but whose shape is determined by the container in which it is contained. Liquids, in contrast to gases, cannot expand indefinitely to fill an expanding container, and are only slightly compressible by application of pressure. -->

Liquid and fluid are terms often used synonymously, but fluid has the broader signification. All liquids are fluids, but many fluids, as air and the gases, are not liquids.

2. Phon.

A letter which has a smooth, flowing sound, or which flows smoothly after a mute; as, l and r, in bla, bra. M and n also are called liquids.

Liquid measure, a measure, or system of measuring, for liquids, by the gallon, quart, pint, gill, etc.


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