vivid viv"id (v[i^]v"[i^]d), a. [L. vividus, from vivere to life; akin to vivus living. See {Quick}, a., and cf. {Revive}, {Viand}, {Victuals}, {Vital}.] 1. True to the life; exhibiting the appearance of life or freshness; animated; spirited; bright; strong; intense; as, vivid colors. [1913 Webster]

In dazzling streaks the vivid lightnings play. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Arts which present, with all the vivid charms of painting, the human face and human form divine. --Bp. Hobart. [1913 Webster]

2. Forming brilliant images, or painting in lively colors; lively; sprightly; as, a vivid imagination. [1913 Webster]

Body is a fit workhouse for sprightly, vivid faculties to exercise . . . themselves in. --South. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Clear; lucid; bright; strong; striking; lively; quick; sprightly; active. [1913 Webster] -- {viv"id*ly}, adv. -- {viv"id*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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