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 limpidity (audio) \ noun
limpidly \ ˈlim-​pəd-​lē How to pronounce limpidly (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 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 As a pianist, Ms. Rosnes is known for her breezy swing and limpid touch. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend," 29 Mar. 2018 For sheer rhythmic movement, delicacy of contour line and limpid grace in form and texture, there is nothing to approach this piece. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "How the Indian icon Nataraja danced his way from ancient history to modern physics," 18 Dec. 2019 Registering the artifice in Hopper’s limpid art may free us to see a link between hotel rooms and painting itself: Both magnetize desire and a longing to escape. Washington Post, "This Edward Hopper exhibition on hotels is worth an extended stay," 28 Nov. 2019 At the edges of the ice sheet, that translates to gushing rivers and limpid blue pools of meltwater dotting the ice’s surface. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "A heat wave is turning Greenland’s ice to slush. That's bad news.," 1 Aug. 2019 In summer our city is deserted and seems very large, clear and echoing, like an empty city-square; the sky has a milky pallor, limpid but not luminous; the river flows as level as a street and gives off neither humidity nor freshness. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Rediscovering Natalia Ginzburg," 22 July 2019 Karl had a beard and a monocle, double-breasted suits, and then in his close friend the limpid-eyed, elegant, and aristocratic Jacques de Bascher a man whom Proust himself could have fallen for. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019 Amid all the authoritative aspects of SFB’s limpid dancing, Sasha De Sola’s wondrous performance of the central of the dance’s five leading women deserves special mention. Robert Greksovic, WSJ, "Dance as the Heart of the City," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of limpid

1609, 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 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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