• WordNet 3.6
    • adj vivid (of color) having the highest saturation "vivid green","intense blue"
    • adj vivid having striking color "bright dress","brilliant tapestries","a bird with vivid plumage"
    • adj vivid having the clarity and freshness of immediate experience "a vivid recollection"
    • adj vivid evoking lifelike images within the mind "pictorial poetry and prose","graphic accounts of battle","a lifelike portrait","a vivid description"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • vivid Forming brilliant images, or painting in lively colors; lively; sprightly; as, a vivid imagination. "Body is a fit workhouse for sprightly, vivid faculties to exercise . . . themselves in."
    • vivid True to the life; exhibiting the appearance of life or freshness; animated; spirited; bright; strong; intense; as, vivid colors. "In dazzling streaks the vivid lightnings play.""Arts which present, with all the vivid charms of painting, the human face and human form divine."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vivid Exhibiting the appearance of life or freshness; animated; bright; clear; lively; fresh; strong; intense: as, the vivid colors of the rainbow; the vivid green of flourishing vegetables.
    • vivid Producing a distinct and strong impression on the mind; presented to the mind with exceptional clearness and force; of a mental faculty. having a clear and vigorous action.
    • vivid Synonyms Lucid, striking, lustrous, luminous, vigorous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Vivid viv′id lively or life-like: having the appearance of life: forming brilliant images in the mind: striking
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vividus, from vivere, to life; akin to vivus, living. See Quick (a.), and cf. Revive Viand Victuals Vital
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vividusvivĕre, to live.


In literature:

He had drawn a vivid picture, and the instinct of self-preservation asserted itself.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
His figure was vivid before us.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
The moral exaltation which manifests itself in this struggle is most vividly portrayed.
"Essays on Scandinavian Literature" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
The vivid white of lightning showed that one door had been forced from its groove.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
She undid the box and shook out the vivid folds of the filmy stuff, vivid green and lavender.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
She adds in her written statement, 'The appearance in my room was most vivid and quite unmistakable.
"Real Ghost Stories" by William T. Stead
Vivid was the red now in the girl's face.
"A Son of the Hills" by Harriet T. Comstock
For the evidence that he had seen something was vivid in his face.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
The memory of her husband's warning was vividly present with her.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
But it may be even more vivid, even more intrinsic.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence

In poetry:

I am the pool of blue
That worships the vivid sky;
My hopes were heaven-high,
They are all fulfilled in you.
"Peace" by Sara Teasdale
I view their vivid glorious light
Thro' all the wide Horizon streaming,
Now, on my fix'd and raptur'd sight
A gay futurity is gleaming.
"Glances Back" by Laura Sophia Temple
The lightnings in their vivid wrath,
The waving hills a starting,
Deep thro' the cloud-sea cleave a path,
From shore to shore a darting.
"The Thunder Storm" by Albery Allson Whitman
Here in the inmost of the master's heart
This violet crisp with early dew
Has come to leave her beauty and to part
With all her vivid hue.
"The Violet Pressed In A Copy Of Shakespeare" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Fair Lady, why that sadden'd eye,
And why that pale and quiv'ring lip ?
But late I mark'd its vivid die,
And thought the Gods its dew might sip.
""Fair Lady, why that sadden'd eye"" by Laura Sophia Temple
A vision came ! Hell ope'd its maw
And showed him vivid scenes of pain.
Weeping, among the damned he saw
The souls his voice had called in vain.
"A Preacher" by John Joy Bell

In news:

Vivid, intimate evening showcases Wits End players.
Author Sarah Bradford paints a vivid picture of the legendary Italian dynasty.
Sure, iPad users may flaunt their many comic-reading apps and vivid color screens.
The Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce has provided A-list fodder for fanzines in the past two weeks, a vivid supermarket-line reminder that, even in the digital age, celeb magazines are still a force.
Every parent vividly remembers the birth of their child.
This vivid orange-and-jelly feeder is sure to attract orioles , and this simple water well keeps plastic bottles out of the landfill.
Barton will display his vivid new images June 14-17 at Put-in-Bay's Wyland Gallery.
Barton will display his vivid new images June 14-17 at Put-in-Bay's Wyland Gallery.
The Inaugural Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival is now just a vivid memory.
I can vividly remember the first time I ever drank too much.
I n an incredibly vivid memoir, S.A. Paradis tells the story of her 1950s coming of age in a small tobacco town in eastern North Carolina.
Ken Burns ' 'Central Park Five' is a vivid reminder the 1989 rape case.
Ken Burns' ' Central Park Five' is a vivid reminder the 1989 rape case.
This collection of poems provides vivid snapshots of the experiences of daily life for a young girl growing up in Hong Kong in the 1960s.
Transplanting allows for vivid color in the garden.

In science:

This can be vividly illustrated by examinthat the displacement (cid:12)eld is simply proportional to the initial displacement (cid:12)eld, (cid:9) i(q ), ing Figure  which shows particle tra jectories in a simple toy model.
Perturbative Lagrangian Approach to Gravitational Instability
Since years it has been vividly debated whether multifragmentation is a thermal or a dynamical process.
Thermodynamics - a valuable approach to multifragmentation?
Perhaps the most vivid way of illustrating the qualitative difference between the bulk and FD regimes is to study properties of the ground state wavefunction.
Review: Superconductivity in ultrasmall metallic grains
Although the numbers we give are completely hypothetical, we use names representing actual experiments and actual parton densities in order to show vividly that we intend our ideas on statistical methods to be applied to important practical cases.
Tests of goodness of fit to multiple data sets
The advantage is that full-colour images can be displayed, providing a much more vivid and realistic stereo environment.
Future Directions in Astronomy Visualisation