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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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]