limpid

adjective lim·pid \ ˈlim-pəd \

Definition of limpid

1 a : marked by transparency (see transparent 1) : pellucid
  • limpid streams
b : clear and simple in style
  • limpid prose
2 : absolutely serene and untroubled
  • the benign effects of a limpid childhood
  • Time

limpidity

play \lim-ˈpi-də-tē\ noun

limpidly

play \ˈlim-pəd-lē\ adverb

limpidness

noun

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Examples of limpid in a Sentence

  1. the limpid waters of the stream

  2. her eyes are the blue of a limpid stream of water

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Since the early 1600s, "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.

Origin and Etymology of limpid

French or Latin; French limpide, from Latin limpidus, perhaps from lympha water — more at lymph

Synonym Discussion of limpid

clear, transparent, translucent, limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness.
    • clear water
transparent 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 glass
limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water.
    • her eyes were limpid pools of blue

LIMPID Defined for English Language Learners

limpid

adjective

Definition of limpid for English Language Learners

  • : perfectly clear

  • : clear and simple in style


LIMPID Defined for Kids

limpid

adjective lim·pid \ ˈlim-pəd \

Definition of limpid for Students

: perfectly clear
  • limpid water


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