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Examples of lucid in a Sentence
- The stroke also set off a major crisis of presidential succession, as the debilitated and not entirely lucid president continued to cling to office and plan feebly for re-election. —Beverly Gage, New York Times Book Review, 13 Dec 2009
- His lucid history of this grim subject is scrupulously accurate, so far as I am able to judge … —Richard A. Posner, New Republic, 8 Apr 2002
- "You would like me to read to you?" "You would oblige me greatly by doing so, Dorothea," said Mr. Casaubon, with a shade more meekness than usual in his polite manner. "I am wakeful: my mind is remarkably lucid." —George Eliot, Middlemarch, 1872
- The atmosphere, seen through a short space of half or three-quarters of a mile, was perfectly lucid, but at a greater distance all colours were blended into a most beautiful haze … —Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle, 1839
He is able to recognize his wife in his lucid moments.
those lucid bands that spread across the arctic sky and are known as the northern lights
Recent Examples of lucid from the Web
Many people keep dream journals, use dreams for guidance or try controlling them through lucid dreaming.
The intense and honest confessional is tinged with a sense of optimism that could only exist with Maeson’s lucid reflection on the experience.
Even when lucid, the old fogeys appear out of touch with their more progressive and increasingly frustrated young subjects.
While being treated for large cuts to her fingers and the palms of both hands at Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee, Balla alternated from being calm and lucid to screaming and yelling, according to the arrest report.
Like Beckett’s most memorable characters, the Elder is drawn from a long tradition of absurdist sages, barely lucid but often wise.
Your mom might be relatively lucid and alert in the mornings when she's well rested, but have more trouble in the afternoon.
Thus the music proved texturally lucid no matter how fast and furiously these 20 fingers were flying.
The Ramparts selections, most of them co-authored, are lucid and hard-hitting, even five decades later.
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Shine a Light on the Origin of lucid
It's easy enough to shed some light on the origins of lucid: it derives—via the Latin adjective lucidus, meaning "shining"—from the Latin verb lucēre, meaning "to shine." Lucid has been used by English speakers since at least the late 16th century. Originally, it meant merely "filled with light" or "shining," but it has since developed extended senses describing someone whose mind is clear or something with a clear meaning. Other shining examples of lucēre descendants include translucent, lucent ("glowing"), and the somewhat rarer relucent ("reflecting light" or "shining"). Even the word light itself derives from the same ancient word that led to lucēre.
apparent, bald, bald-faced, barefaced, broad, clear, clear-cut, crystal clear, decided, distinct, evident, luminous, manifest, nonambiguous, obvious, open-and-shut, palpable, patent, pellucid, perspicuous, plain, straightforward, transparent, unambiguous, unambivalent, unequivocal, unmistakable;
Synonym Discussion of lucid
- clear instructions
- a perspicuous style
- a lucid explanation
LUCID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lucid for English Language Learners
: very clear and easy to understand
: able to think clearly
LUCID Defined for Kids
Definition of lucid for Students
- lucid behavior
- lucid writing
- The problem was lucidly explained.
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