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Why are liquid more compressible than solid?

Because in solids, the particles are closely held by strong forces, the intermolecular or interatomic distance is not reduced that much. Hence, liquids are more compressible. because they have less void (inter molecular spaces) in them.

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In respect to this, why the gases are highly compressible as compared to solids and liquids?

Gases are highly compressible because their molecules are far apart from each other. There are a lot of empty spaces between the molecules. this compressibility is lesser for liquids and least for solids.

One may also ask, why is solid not compressible? Solids are not compressible because the molecules are tightly packed and the inter molecular space is less or is negligible . The liquids have space more than solids but less than gases hence are compressible to less extent. But the solids have negligible space and hence are not compressible.

Just so, are solids and liquids compressible?

Solids are non-compressible and have constant volume and constant shape. Liquids are non-compressible and have constant volume but can change shape. A liquid's shape is dictated by the shape of the container it is in.

Can liquid be compressed?

The answer is yes, You can compress water, or almost any material. However, it requires a great deal of pressure to accomplish a little compression. For that reason, liquids and solids are sometimes referred to as being incompressible.

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