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have a (good/solid/sound/etc.) grasp of/on (something)

To have a firm, clear understanding or determination of something. I hope everyone has a solid grasp of the material, as you'll be tested on it next week. I thought I had a pretty good grasp on English idioms, but I don't understand this one at all!
See also: grasp, have, of, on, solid, sound

get a (good/solid/sound/etc.) grasp of/on (something)

To attain a firm, clear understanding or determination of something. You will need to get a solid grasp of the material, as you'll all be tested on it next week. I'm trying to get a grasp on English, but I don't understand some of these idioms at all!
See also: get, grasp, of, on, solid, sound

be (as) solid as a rock

To be stable, sturdy, and reliable. They've been married for 50 years, so their relationship has to be solid as a rock. That table must be as solid as a rock to withstand the ceiling collapse with hardly a scratch.
See also: rock, solid

*solid as a rock

Cliché very solid; dependable. (*Also: as ~.) Jean has been lifting weights every day, and her arm muscles are solid as a rock. This company has always built power tools that are as solid as a rock.
See also: rock, solid

(as) solid as a ˈrock

extremely solid and reliable: The Irish team were solid as a rock in defence. ▶ ˌrock-ˈsolid adj.: The company has a rock-solid reputation.
See also: rock, solid


1. mod. good; great; cool. Listen to that solid beat.
2. mod. consecutive; consecutively. Then he “had the flu” for three days solid.
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This lets designers successfully transfer their solids information from the low-priced-per-seat Rhino to the more-expensive CAD, engineering, renderer, and visualization tools used further up the product collaboration chain.
While the actual solids increase in your coating formulation will vary depending on the level of plastic pigment you use, typical formulations based on HSB 3042NA High Solids Hollow Plus Binder have about two percent higher solids than other formulations.
To eliminate as many variables as possible in the simulations, each barrier screw is considered to have an entry pressure that assumes a fully compacted solids bed.
They find the concept of core rotation hard to explain because the solid iron sphere should be locked in step with the rest of the planet by the almost indomitable force of gravity, says Buffett.
Because seal manufacturers are interested in using low film thicknesses, the adhesives were compared at several dilutions, down to five weight percent solids.
providers of CAD/CAM integrated 3D reverse engineering and digitizing software products, today announced the release of HighRES for Solid Edge, an integrated 3D reverse engineering software plug-in.
Improved gloss and opacity, with higher solids levels, paper mills receive better coating holdout, which can lead to increased sheet gloss.
Designing molds in solids can be cumbersome," says Alexander.
Theorists' success in using wave ideas to describe and predict novel phenomena in disordered solids has prompted a search for equivalent effects in other fields where wave equations play central roles -- including acoustics, magnetism and plasma physics, as well as optics.
The ability to visualize the tube-setting machine's 50 individual components as solids enabled engineers to fine-tune their designs as they created the CAD models for these components.
will incorporate SolidWorks solid modeling into its new Windows-based SurfCAM Solids product for design and manufacturing.
In the absence of normal levels of frictional heat, the high shear forces present in any extruder solids bed then begin to crush the polymer.
And for any CAD application where analysis is necessary, solids offer the best solution because they're geometrically and mathematically complete.
The engineering and manufacturing team began using thinkdesign software from think3 in October 1999 after recognizing that "we needed an easy to use, flexible tool that would allow us to switch from surface to solids very easily," says Micro-Matic Engineering Manager Lou Vitullo.
AMEX:STY), the world's leading developer of web-based business-to-business (B2B) interoperability solutions and open, component 3D modeling technology, today announced that ACIS-enabled Vellum Solids earned high accolades in Desktop Engineering's (March 2000) MCAD Up Close comparison of CAD Packages--a testament to the ACIS(R) 3D Toolkit's strong solid modeling functionality and its technological lead over competitive modeling kernels.