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[viv-id] /ˈvɪv ɪd/
strikingly bright or intense, as color, light, etc.:
a vivid green.
full of life; lively; animated:
a vivid personality.
presenting the appearance, freshness, spirit, etc., of life; realistic:
a vivid account.
strong, distinct, or clearly perceptible:
a vivid recollection.
forming distinct and striking mental images:
a vivid imagination.
Origin of vivid
1630-40; < Latin vīvidus lively, equivalent to vīv(ere) to live (see vital) + -idus -id4
Related forms
vividly, adverb
vividness, vividity, noun
overvivid, adjective
overvividly, adverb
overvividness, noun
unvivid, adjective
unvividly, adverb
unvividness, noun
1. bright, brilliant, intense. 2. spirited, vivacious, intense. 3. See picturesque. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vivid
  • Blackened dirt and ashen remains of the wooden posts that supported the structure are as vivid as a campfire put out yesterday.
  • Allow these feelings to become more vivid and clear until it's almost as if you were there.
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  • Slang originates in an effort, always by ingenious individuals, to make the language more vivid and expressive.
  • The principal facts, however, are too vivid upon my recollection to be soon forgotten.
  • But the writing was so vivid and disturbing that it could be downright nauseating.
  • Sulfur in the ash reacted with atmospheric ozone to scatter sunlight, causing vivid red sunsets around the world.
  • When this happens in the middle of the brain, it can cause vivid hallucinations.
  • It's a vivid picture of the shift from age cohorts slogging through a textbook to personalized digital learning.
  • New panoramic satellite images are unparalleled for their high resolution, size, and vivid color.
British Dictionary definitions for vivid


(of a colour) very bright; having a very high saturation or purity; produced by a pure or almost pure colouring agent
brilliantly coloured: vivid plumage
conveying to the mind striking realism, freshness, or trueness to life; graphic: a vivid account
(of a recollection, memory, etc) remaining distinct in the mind
(of the imagination, etc) prolific in the formation of lifelike images
making a powerful impact on the emotions or senses: a vivid feeling of shame
uttered, operating, or acting with vigour: vivid expostulations
full of life or vitality: a vivid personality
Derived Forms
vividly, adverb
vividness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vīvidus animated, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for vivid

1630s, from Latin vividus "spirited, animated, lively," from vivus "alive," from PIE *gwei- (see vital). Extension to colors is first recorded 1660s. Sense of "strong, distinct" (as of memories, etc.) is from 1680s; that of "very active or intense" (as of imagination, interest, etc.) is from 1853. Related: Vividly; vividness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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vivid in Technology

A numerical constraint-oriented language.
["VIVID: The Kernel of a Knowledge Representation Environment Based on the Constraints Paradigm of Computation", J. Maleki, Proc 20th Annual Hawaii Intl Conf on System Sciences (Jan 1987) pp.591-597].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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