[syn: saturation, chroma, intensity, vividness]
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.
In dazzling streaks the vivid lightnings play.
Arts which present, with all the vivid charms of
painting, the human face and human form divine.
2. 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. --South.
Syn: Clear; lucid; bright; strong; striking; lively; quick;
[1913 Webster] -- viv"id*ly, adv. -- viv"id*ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: interest and variety and intensity; "the Puritan Period was
lacking in color"; "the characters were delineated with
exceptional vividness" [syn: color, colour,
2: chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence
vivid in hue [syn: saturation, chroma, intensity,