1. One who solicits.
2. (Law) (a) An attorney or advocate; one who represents another in court; formerly, in English practice,
the professional designation of a person admitted to practice in a court of chancery or equity. See the
Note under Attorney. (b) The law officer of a city, town, department, or government; as, the city solicitor; the
solicitor of the treasury.
(So*lic"it*or-gen"er*al) n. The second law officer in the government of Great Britain; also,
a similar officer under the United States government, who is associated with the attorney-general; also,
the chief law officer of some of the States.
(So*lic"it*ous) a.[L. sollicitus, solicitus. See Solicit, v. t.] Disposed to solicit; eager to
obtain something desirable, or to avoid anything evil; concerned; anxious; careful. "Solicitous of my reputation."
Dryden. "He was solicitous for his advice." Calerendon.
Enjoy the present, whatsoever it be, and be not solicitous about the future.Jer. Taylor.
The colonel had been intent upon other things, and not enough solicitous to finish the fortifications.Clarendon.
So*lic"it*ous*ly, adv. So*lic"it*ous*ness, n.
(So*lic"it*ress) n. A woman who solicits.
(So*lic"i*tude) n. [F. sollicitude,r L. sollicitudo.] The state of being solicitous; uneasiness of
mind occasioned by fear of evil or desire good; anxiety.
The many cares and great labors of worldly men, their solicitude and outward shows.Sir W. Raleigh.
The mother looked at her with fond solicitude.G. W. Cable.
Syn. Carefulness; concern; anxiety. See Care.
(Sol"id) a. [L. solidus, probably akin to sollus whole, entire, Gr. : cf. F. solide. Cf. Soda, Solder,
1. Having the constituent parts so compact, or so firmly adhering, as to resist the impression or penetration
of other bodies; having a fixed form; hard; firm; compact; opposed to fluid and liquid or to plastic, like
clay, or to incompact, like sand.
2. Not hollow; full of matter; as, a solid globe or cone, as distinguished from a hollow one; not spongy; dense; hence,
3. (Arith.) Having all the geometrical dimensions; cubic; as, a solid foot contains 1,728 solid inches.
In this sense, cubics now generally used.
4. Firm; compact; strong; stable; unyielding; as, a solid pier; a solid pile; a solid wall.
5. Applied to a compound word whose parts are closely united and form an unbroken word; opposed