Definition of vivid
1 of a color : very strong : very high in chroma
2 : having the appearance of vigorous life or freshness : lively a vivid sketch
4 : acting clearly and vigorously a vivid imagination
Examples of vivid in a Sentence
He gave a vivid description of the scene.
The book includes many vivid illustrations.
The dream was very vivid.
She could remember the dream in vivid detail.
The fabric was dyed a vivid red.
Recent Examples of vivid from the Web
Avery still has vivid memories of coming back to win the second and third games of best-of-three series during Martin’s most recent run to state in 2015.
A: On the face of it the Alpine Symphony is a vivid musical description of a day’s journey ascending and descending a mountain, and of the emotions this stirs in the wanderer.
The tunnels eventually open at ground level to form vivid oases.
Most signs today are actually filled with argon gas, which is more versatile — but the iconic vivid red color is all neon.
With wavy hair and a dark mustache, Deford cut a dashing figure, draping his 6-foot-4 frame in stylish jackets, often with a vivid handkerchief stuffed in the breast pocket.
The bilingual storybook apps offer vivid, colorful illustrations of dogs and airplanes and pink-haired heroines.
The actor said some days working outside in the field and dramatizing the horrible conditions was a vivid experience.
The quantum dots stimulate electrons to higher energy levels, meaning brighter displays, more vivid colors and better detail.
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Origin and Etymology of vivid
Latin vividus, from vivere to live — more at quick
First Known Use: 1634
Synonym Discussion of vivid
VIVID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vivid for English Language Learners
of a picture, memory, etc. : seeming like real life because it is very clear, bright, or detailed
: very bright in color
VIVID Defined for Kids
Definition of vivid for Students
1 : producing strong mental images a vivid description
2 : very strong or bright vivid red
3 : acting clearly and powerfully a vivid imagination
4 : seeming full of life and freshness a vivid painting
vividlyadverb That scene of two years before flashed back into her recollection as vividly as if it had taken place yesterday. — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Word Root of vivid
The Latin word vivere, meaning “to live,” gives us the root viv. Words from the Latin vivere have something to do with living. To survive is to remain alive. To revive is to bring back to life. Someone vivacious is full of life and is lively and energetic. Something, such as a story, that is vivid appears to be full of life and freshness.
Headscratcher for vivid
If you have studied Roman numerals, you might see something special about the word vivid. It is spelled with letters that are all Roman numerals. (V equals 5, I equals 1, and D equals 500.) Some other words spelled with letters that are Roman numerals are dill, mill, livid, civil, and civic.
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