Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Clearly expressed; easily understood.
  • adjective Thinking or expressing oneself clearly, especially between periods of confusion; clearheaded.
  • adjective Brightly lit; luminous.
  • adjective Clear; transparent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Emitting light; shining; bright; resplendent: as, the lucid orbs of heaven.
  • Transmitting or reflecting light; clear; transparent; pellucid: as, a lucid stream.
  • Marked by intellectual clearness or brightness; free from obscurity or confusion of thought, or, specifically, from delirium; clear headed; sane: as, a lucid mind; lucid perceptions; lucid intervals in insanity.
  • Presenting a clear view; easily understood; distinct: as, a lucid order or arrangement; a lucid style of writing.
  • In entomology
  • Smooth and very shining; reflecting light like polished metal.
  • Giv ing light; phosphorescent; luciferous.
  • In botany, having a shining surface

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Shining; bright; resplendent.
  • adjective Clear; transparent.
  • adjective Presenting a clear view; easily understood; clear.
  • adjective Bright with the radiance of intellect; not darkened or confused by delirium or madness; marked by the regular operations of reason.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective clear; easily understood
  • adjective mentally rational; sane
  • adjective bright, luminous, translucent or transparent
  • noun A lucid dream.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable
  • adjective having a clear mind
  • adjective transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
  • adjective capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin lūcidus, from lūcēre, to shine; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin lucidus, from lux ("light") + -id.

Examples

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  • See, because this is what we call the lucid dreaming, where you can really change your dreams around.

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  • "What occurs sometimes is a person will get up looking and feeling fine and have what we call a lucid period right after the injury, not unlike what was reported in the media for Natasha Richardson," said Dr Felise Zollman, a brain injury expert at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

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  • The modern mind has built up for itself theories and ideologies whereby it prevents itself from seeing the truth that a man like Benedict XVI spells out for it in lucid and rigorously argued terms – terms fully aware and familiar with all of modern philosophy itself.

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  • The modern mind has built up for itself theories and ideologies whereby it prevents itself from seeing the truth that a man like Benedict XVI spells out for it in lucid and rigorously argued terms – terms fully aware and familiar with all of modern philosophy itself.

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  • While the lurid events of some stories have a ripped-from-the-headlines feel, Oates is never merely sensational, tracking hidden motives and emotions with a sharp eye for psychological detaileverything conveyed in lucid, rhythmic prose.

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  • The modern mind has built up for itself theories and ideologies whereby it prevents itself from seeing the truth that a man like Benedict XVI spells out for it in lucid and rigorously argued terms – terms fully aware and familiar with all of modern philosophy itself.

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  • The modern mind has built up for itself theories and ideologies whereby it prevents itself from seeing the truth that a man like Benedict XVI spells out for it in lucid and rigorously argued terms – terms fully aware and familiar with all of modern philosophy itself.

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  • The modern mind has built up for itself theories and ideologies whereby it prevents itself from seeing the truth that a man like Benedict XVI spells out for it in lucid and rigorously argued terms – terms fully aware and familiar with all of modern philosophy itself.

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  • The modern mind has built up for itself theories and ideologies whereby it prevents itself from seeing the truth that a man like Benedict XVI spells out for it in lucid and rigorously argued terms – terms fully aware and familiar with all of modern philosophy itself.

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  • "bright with light" or "clear and easy to understand."

    from MW word of the day 5/19/2010

    May 25, 2010