clear, transparent, translucent, limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness.
clear watertransparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly.
a transparent sheet of film translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond.
translucent frosted glasslimpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water.
her eyes were limpid pools of blue
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Since around 1600, limpid has been used in English to describe things that have the soft clearness of pure water. The aquatic connection is not incidental; language scholars believe that limpid probably traces to lympha, a Latin word meaning "water." That same Latin root is also the source of the word lymph, the English name for the pale liquid that helps maintain the body's fluid balance and that removes bacteria from tissues.
Examples of limpid in a Sentence
the limpid waters of the stream
her eyes are the blue of a limpid stream of water
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