Solid, in physics and chemistry, one of the three states of matter. The other two states of matter are gas and liquid. A solid tends to maintain its shape without a container. Some solids are harder than others. True solids are crystalline; that is, the atoms of which they are composed are arranged in definite, three-dimensional patterns. They have definite melting temperatures. Some substances, such as glass and tar, that appear to be solid are amorphous—they do not have a crystalline atomic structure. These substances soften and melt over a range of temperatures; they are not true solids.
One person lay in critical condition on Feb. 29, 2008, after the deadly biotoxin ricin was found in his Las Vegas hotel room. What is ricin, and why is it so dangerous?
Pianos lose their tuning, guitars fall out of key -- even church organs need to be tuned every now and then. For centuries, the only sure-fire way to tell if an instrument was in tune was to use a tuning fork.