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[lim-pid] /ˈlɪm pɪd/
clear, transparent, or pellucid, as water, crystal, or air:
We could see to the very bottom of the limpid pond.
free from obscurity; lucid; clear:
a limpid style; limpid prose.
completely calm; without distress or worry:
a limpid, emotionless existence.
Origin of limpid
First recorded in 1605-15, limpid is from the Latin word limpidus clear. See lymph, -id4
Related forms
limpidity, limpidness, noun
limpidly, adverb Unabridged
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  • I believed in visions––in the deep, limpid, mysterious springs of conduct.

  • From it came the sound of a voice, limpid, clear, which Lennox knew and knew too was not Margaret's.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Birds called excitedly and flew exultantly about in the limpid air.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
  • Her eyes were soft and limpid, and they held an expression of dreaminess in their depths.


    Dorothy Whitehill
  • He is lacking in the limpid clarity of sheer light-heartedness.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald
  • limpid: clear and transparent: applied to wings and ornamentation.

  • The water is of great depth, limpid, and supplied from a thousand springs.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Forrester looked at her limpid blue eyes and her lovely face.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The draining of a well so limpid was the easiest thing in the world.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for limpid


clear or transparent
(esp of writings, style, etc) free from obscurity
calm; peaceful
Derived Forms
limpidity, limpidness, noun
limpidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French limpide, from Latin limpidus clear
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Word Origin and History for limpid

c.1600, from French limpide (15c.) and directly from Latin limpidus "clear," from limpa "water goddess, water;" probably cognate with lympha "clear liquid" (see lymph). Related: Limpidly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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