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lucid

Syllabification: lu·cid
Pronunciation: /ˈlo͞osəd
 
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Definition of lucid in English:

adjective

1Expressed clearly; easy to understand: a lucid account write in a clear and lucid style
More example sentences
  • It's written in very concrete language, very lucid, easy to understand.
  • Critics have noted his careful research, objectivity, and a lucid and understated but straightforward writing style.
  • The marketing effort, articulated in a lucid style, has been superb.
Synonyms
clear, transparent;
plain, simple, vivid, sharp, straightforward, unambiguous
formal perspicuous
1.1Showing ability to think clearly, especially in the intervals between periods of confusion or insanity: he has a few lucid moments every now and then
More example sentences
  • However, during a lucid interval he did give instructions to plead, but, if they had the benefit of the reports now before the court, the defence would have opted for a different course of action.
  • Is it possible to conceive of madness without lucid intervals?
  • We have heard from several people that close relatives with Alzheimer's disease became amazingly lucid for short periods of time after receiving narcotic pain relievers.
Synonyms
rational, sane, in one's right mind, in possession of one's faculties, compos mentis, able to think clearly, balanced, clearheaded, sober, sensible
informal all there
1.2 Psychology (Of a dream) experienced with the dreamer feeling awake, aware of dreaming, and able to control events consciously.
Example sentences
  • Maybe I'd be able to experience a lucid dream and explore the deeper, darker reaches of my mind.
  • Some skeptics do not believe that there is such a state as lucid dreaming.
  • I know I probably wasn't really awake… Maybe it was lucid dreaming?
2 literary Bright or luminous: birds dipped their wings in the lucid flow of air
More example sentences
  • It is a lucid, bright day, and a lush tree looms across the window.
  • It is empty space, though space that is bright and lucid.
  • What a wonderful place the city had been to leave, as I looked down at it through the free and lucid air, the plane pitching in the thunderstorm which loomed as usual over Kenscoff.

Origin

late 16th century (sense 2): from Latin lucidus (perhaps via French lucide or Italian lucido), from lucere 'shine', from lux, luc- 'light'.

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  • light from (Old English):

    The two words spelled light have different sources. The light referring to the rays that stimulate sight shares an ancestor with Greek leukos ‘white’ (found in leukaemia (mid 19th century) a disease that affects the white blood cells), and Latin lux (source of lucid (late 16th century)). The light referring to weight comes from the same ancient root as lung (Old English)—the lightness of the lungs distinguishes them from other internal organs. This sense of light survives in lights (Middle English), the lungs of sheep, pigs or bullocks, used as food, especially for pets. If someone does something that creates a tense or exciting situation, people might say that they light the blue touch-paper. A touch-paper is a type of fuse that will burn slowly when touched by a spark. It is now only used with fireworks, but in the past would also have been a means for igniting gunpowder. The word lighten (Middle English) ‘shed light on’ is the source of lightning (Middle English).

Derivatives

lucidity

1
Pronunciation: /lo͞oˈsidətē/
noun
Example sentences
  • His popular books are a model of clarity and lucidity.
  • It is written with a great deal of intellectual grit, and its thesis is developed with considerable lucidity and eloquence.
  • If we can write well and articulate our views with lucidity, we may be close to meeting the solid connections with our audiences.

lucidly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • The entries are clearly and lucidly written, and informed both by careful architectural and historical analysis and by first-hand knowledge based on visits and inspections.
  • Though it's hard work to think precisely, lucidly, logically, it's also enormously invigorating.
  • You've lucidly described how a straight yes or no doesn't really work in response to the question ‘Is light a wave?’

lucidness

3
noun
Example sentences
  • We judge our seriousness not only by the quality of our prose and lucidness of our arguments but by the caliber and seriousness of the enemies we choose to take on.
  • What's more, I'm not sure I can sufficiently emphasise the sheer lucidness of the moment: the hot stone pavement, the sun on my back, the leaf fragment between my fingers, the physics of the bee itself being moved by the leaf.
  • The first was a bi-polar gardener who often had extended periods of lucidness then relatively short lapses in memory and purpose.

Words that rhyme with lucid

deuced, pellucid, Seleucid

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