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limpid adj
1 clear and bright; "the liquid air of a spring morning"; "eyes shining with a liquid luster"; "limpid blue eyes" [syn: liquid]
2 transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity; "the cold crystalline water of melted snow"; "crystal clear skies"; "could see the sand on the bottom of the limpid pool"; "lucid air"; "a pellucid brook"; "transparent cristal" [syn: crystalline, crystal clear, lucid, pellucid, transparent]
3 (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable; "writes in a limpid style"; "lucid directions"; "a luculent oration"- Robert Burton; "pellucid prose"; "a crystal clear explanation"; "a perspicuous argument" [syn: lucid, luculent, pellucid, crystal clear, perspicuous]

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From Latin limpidus.


  • /ˈlɪmpɪd/


  1. Clear, particularly transparent or bright.


  • 1841 — James Fenimore Cooper, The Deerslayer, Ch. 2
    On a level with the point lay a broad sheet of water, so placid and limpid that it resembled a bed of the pure mountain atmosphere.
  • 1870 — Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Ch. IV
    Her limpid blue eyes were fixed upon me, her semi-transparent hands were clasped together, pallor overspread her aquiline features, and, though encouraged to proceed, she never did proceed a word further.
  • 1876 — Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Ch. XIV
    Tom stirred up the other pirates and they all clattered away with a shout, and in a minute or two were stripped and chasing after and tumbling over each other in the shallow limpid water of the white sandbar.
  • 1902 — Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories : The Elephant's Child
    Then the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake scuffled down from the bank and said, 'My young friend, if you do not now, immediately and instantly, pull as hard as ever you can, it is my opinion that your acquaintance in the large-pattern leather ulster' (and by this he meant the Crocodile) 'will jerk you into yonder limpid stream before you can say Jack Robinson.'
  • 1904 — L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ch. 13
    "I must have lived fully three years in that secluded school-house hearth," said he, "drinking thirstily of the ever-flowing fount of limpid knowledge before me."


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