Gases and plasmas have neither definite shapes nor definite volumes. They both expand to fill available space, and can be reshaped by their containers. Liquids have definite volume, while solids have both definite shape ... More »

Solids maintain a definite shape and volume because their atoms are tightly bound to each other. Solids can be crystalline or amorphous. In crystalline solids, such as ice and metal, atoms are arranged in a regular geome... More »

The state of matter called a solid does have a definite volume and shape. This is one of the properties that defines a solid. Some other properties pertaining to a solid are that the molecules within a solid are packed t... More »

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