lim·​pid | \ ˈlim-pəd How to pronounce limpid (audio) \

Definition of limpid

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

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Other Words from limpid

limpidity \ lim-​ˈpi-​də-​tē How to pronounce limpid (audio) \ noun
limpidly \ ˈlim-​pəd-​lē How to pronounce limpid (audio) \ adverb
limpidness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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.

Examples of limpid in a Sentence

the limpid waters of the stream her eyes are the blue of a limpid stream of water
Recent Examples on the Web These brief, limpid essays and stories range widely in approach and subject, but cohere through avid curiosity and delight. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Isabel Allende to Robert Walser," 23 Feb. 2021 Her prose is limpid, her descriptions of nature knowledgeable and often exquisite. Akash Kapur, The New Yorker, "Can We See Past the Myth of the Himalaya?," 18 Jan. 2021 Today the lake’s limpid waters look inviting, but the clarity is a symptom of lifelessness—the plankton population crash has rippled across the food web. Tim Folger, Environment, "This ferocious water flea is mauling the Great Lakes," 2 Dec. 2020 There’s not much else to do on Salina except swimming in limpid waters off pebbly beaches, feasting on marvelously fresh fish and seafood, and drinking in the magnificent views. Nicky Swallow, Travel + Leisure, "10 Secret Islands in Italy That Have All of the Beauty and None of the Tourists," 11 Nov. 2020 That’s been annoying for some people who prefer limpid beauty to psychological torment. Ian Bostridge, New York Times, "Ian Bostridge on Schubert’s Hidden Depths," 3 Nov. 2020 Algorithms can unspool eerily limpid text. Election Sale. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Go Ahead, Try to Sneak Bad Words Past AI Filters—for Research," 24 Sep. 2020 This is a novel that works not through dazzling images or narrative pyrotechnics but through the steady accretion of clear-eyed observations relayed in limpid prose. Heller Mcalpin, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Monogamy’ reveals conflicted emotions over a long marriage," 17 Sep. 2020 The cuttlefish hovers in the aquarium, its fins rippling and large, limpid eyes glistening. New York Times, "Yes, This Cuttlefish Is Wearing 3-D Glasses," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of limpid

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for limpid

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

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“Limpid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of limpid

: perfectly clear
: clear and simple in style


lim·​pid | \ ˈlim-pəd How to pronounce limpid (audio) \

Kids Definition of limpid

: perfectly clear limpid water

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