Liquids have more compressibility than solids.
States of matter
Matter is present in all the materials we encounter in our everyday lives. On the basis of intermolecular forces and particle structure, matter can be categorized into various states like solid, liquid, and gas.
Particles in solids are tightly or closely packed. Since the distances between the particles are so small, compressing them is difficult. The shape and volume of a solid are set. Strong particles can only vibrate around their mean position and cannot move due to their rigid nature. The attraction between particles is extremely strong. Diffusion in solids is extremely slow.
Examples: Sugar, solid ice, wood, rock, etc
As compared to solids, particles in a liquid state of matter are less tightly packed. Liquids take on the form of the container they are stored in. Liquids are difficult to compact since there is less space among particles for particles to travel. It has a fixed volume but no fixed form. In liquids, the rate of diffusion is faster than in solids. The Force of attraction between the particles is weaker than solids.
Examples: Milk, water, coffee, blood, etc.
Particles in gases are separated by a large distance. Since the force of attraction between the particles is negligible, they are free to pass around. Gases are not described by their volume or shape. In comparison to liquids and solids, the gaseous state has the highest compressibility. Diffusion is quicker in gases than in solids and liquids. Particles have a higher kinetic energy than liquids and solids.
Examples – Oxygen, hydrogen, air, nitrogen, helium, carbon dioxide, etc.