Reliable vs Firm - What's the difference?

reliable | firm |


As adjectives the difference between reliable and firm

is that reliable is suitable]] or fit to be [[rely on|relied on; worthy of dependence or reliance; trustworthy while firm is steadfast, secure, hard (in position).

As nouns the difference between reliable and firm

is that reliable is something or someone or dependable while firm is (uk|business) a business partnership; the name under which it trades.

As a verb firm is

to make firm or strong; fix securely.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

reliable

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Suitable]] or fit to be [[rely on, relied on; worthy of dependence or reliance; trustworthy
  • A reliable witness to the truth of the miracles. -- .
    The best means, and most reliable pledge, of a higher object. -- .
    According to General Livingston's humorous account, his own village of Elizabethtown was not much more reliable , being peopled in those agitated times by unknown, unrecommended strangers, guilty-looking Tories, and very knavish Whigs. --.
  • (signal processing, of a communication protocol) Such that either a sent packet will reach its destination, even if it requires retransmission, or the sender will be told that it didn't
  • Synonyms

    * secure * dependable

    Antonyms

    * unreliable

    Derived terms

    * reliableness * reliably * semireliable

    See also

    * (Reliability)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Something or someone or dependable
  • the old reliables

    firm

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (UK, business) A business partnership; the name under which it trades.
  • (business, economics) A business enterprise, however organized.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=71, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= End of the peer show , passage=Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms.
  • (slang) A criminal gang.
  • Etymology 2

    (etyl) ferme, from (etyl) ferme, from (etyl) .

    Adjective

    (er)
  • steadfast, secure, hard (in position)
  • * It's good to have a firm grip when shaking hands.
  • fixed (in opinion)
  • a firm''' believer; a '''firm''' friend; a '''firm adherent
  • * He was firm that selling his company would a good choice and didn't let anyone talk him out of it.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=May 9 , author=John Percy , title=Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 2 (2-3 on agg): match report , work=the Telegraph citation , page= , passage=With such constant off-field turmoil Hughton’s work has been remarkable and this may have been his last game in charge. West Bromwich Albion, searching for a replacement for Roy Hodgson, are firm admirers.}}
  • solid, rigid (material state)
  • firm''' flesh; '''firm''' muscles, '''firm''' wood; '''firm land (i.e. not soft and marshy)
    Derived terms
    * firm up * firmish * firmly * firmness * firmware

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To make firm or strong; fix securely.
  • To make compact or resistant to pressure; solidify.
  • To become firm; stabilise.
  • To improve after decline.
  • Aust. To shorten (of betting odds).
  • Anagrams

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