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 for Solid newel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Solid \Sol"id\ (s[o^]l"[i^]d), a. [L. solidus, probably akin to
     sollus whole, entire, Gr. ???: cf. F. solide. Cf.
     Consolidate,{Soda">Consolidate,{Soda, Solder, Soldier, Solemn.]
     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.
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     2. Not hollow; full of matter; as, a solid globe or cone, as
        distinguished from a hollow one; not spongy; dense;
        hence, sometimes, heavy.
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     3. (Arith.) Having all the geometrical dimensions; cubic; as,
        a solid foot contains 1,728 solid inches.
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     Note: In this sense, cubics now generally used.
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     4. Firm; compact; strong; stable; unyielding; as, a solid
        pier; a solid pile; a solid wall.
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     5. Applied to a compound word whose parts are closely united
        and form an unbroken word; -- opposed to hyphened.
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     6. Fig.: Worthy of credit, trust, or esteem; substantial, as
        opposed to frivolous or fallacious; weighty; firm;
        strong; valid; just; genuine.
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              The solid purpose of a sincere and virtuous answer.
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              These, wanting wit, affect gravity, and go by the
              name of solid men.                    --Dryden.
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              The genius of the Italians wrought by solid toil
              what the myth-making imagination of the Germans had
              projected in a poem.                  --J. A.
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     7. Sound; not weakly; as, a solid constitution of body. --I.
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     8. (Bot.) Of a fleshy, uniform, undivided substance, as a
        bulb or root; not spongy or hollow within, as a stem.
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     9. (Metaph.) Impenetrable; resisting or excluding any other
        material particle or atom from any given portion of space;
        -- applied to the supposed ultimate particles of matter.
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     10. (Print.) Not having the lines separated by leads; not
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     11. United; without division; unanimous; as, the delegation
         is solid for a candidate. [Polit. Cant. U.S.]
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     Solid angle. (Geom.) See under Angle.
     Solid color, an even color; one not shaded or variegated.
     Solid green. See Emerald green
         (a), under Green.
     Solid measure (Arith.), a measure for volumes, in which the
        units are each a cube of fixed linear magnitude, as a
        cubic foot, yard, or the like; thus, a foot, in solid
        measure, or a solid foot, contains 1,728 solid inches.
     Solid newel (Arch.), a newel into which the ends of winding
        stairs are built, in distinction from a hollow newel. See
        under Hollow, a.
     Solid problem (Geom.), a problem which can be construed
        geometrically, only by the intersection of a circle and a
        conic section or of two conic sections. --Hutton.
     Solid square (Mil.), a square body or troops in which the
        ranks and files are equal.
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     Syn: Hard; firm; compact; strong; substantial; stable; sound;
          real; valid; true; just; weighty; profound; grave;
     Usage: Solid, Hard. These words both relate to the
            internal constitution of bodies; but hardnotes a more
            impenetrable nature or a firmer adherence of the
            component parts than solid. Hard is opposed to soft,
            and solid to fluid, liquid, open, or hollow. Wood is
            usually solid; but some kinds of wood are hard, and
            others are soft.
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                  Repose you there; while I [return] to this hard
                  More harder than the stones whereof 't is
                  raised.                           --Shak.
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                  I hear his thundering voice resound,
                  And trampling feet than shake the solid ground.
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