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Dictionary Definition

transparent adj
1 transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity; "the cold crystalline water of melted snow"; "crystal clear skies"; "could see the sand on the bottom of the limpid pool"; "lucid air"; "a pellucid brook"; "transparent cristal" [syn: crystalline, crystal clear, limpid, lucid, pellucid]
2 so thin as to transmit light; "a hat with a diaphanous veil"; "filmy wings of a moth"; "gauzy clouds of dandelion down"; "gossamer cobwebs"; "sheer silk stockings"; "transparent chiffon"; "vaporous silks" [syn: diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, gossamer, see-through, sheer, vaporous, cobwebby]
3 free of deceit [syn: guileless]
4 easily understood or seen through (because of a lack of subtlety); "a transparent explanation"; "a transparent lie"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From transpārentis (genitive singular of transpārens, present participle of transpāreō)

Pronunciation

/trænsˈpærənt/

Adjective

  1. In the context of "of a material or object": See-through, clear; having the property that light passes through it almost undisturbed, such that one can see through it clearly.
    The waters of the lake were transparent until the factory dumped wastes there.
    • 1897, H. G. Wells, The Invisible Man, chapter 19,
      "You make the glass invisible by putting it into a liquid of nearly the same refractive index; a transparent thing becomes invisible if it is put in any medium of almost the same refractive index."
  2. In the context of "of a system or organization": Open, public; having the property that theories and practices are publicly visible, thereby reducing the chance of corruption.
  3. Obvious; readily apparent; easy to see or understand.
    His reasons for the decision were transparent.

Usage notes

  • The term translucent is similar in meaning, but describes a material or object that diffuses light as it passes through. Looking through a transparent substance (such as a window), one can recognize objects on the other side. Looking through a translucent substance'' (such as frosted glass), one cannot see objects clearly, only light and shadow.

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Coordinate terms

Translations

see-through, clear
open, publically visible
obvious

Danish

Adjective

transparent

Noun

transparent
  1. banner
  2. transparency (a photographic slide)

French

Etymology

From transparens.

Pronunciation

  • /tʁɑ̃s.pa.ʁɑ̃/

Adjective

  1. transparent

German

Adjective

transparent

Norwegian

Adjective

  1. transparent (quality of a material)

Synonyms

Noun

or,
  1. banner

Synonyms

Polish

Pronunciation

/tranˈsparɛnt/

Noun

transparent (plural transparenty, genitive sg transparentu, locative sg transparencie)

Extensive Definition

Transparency (optics) is the physical property of allowing the transmission of light through a material. It is the noun form of the word transparent (for example, glass is usually transparent).
Literal uses:
Metaphorical meanings can amount to clear visibility, but also the opposite, invisibility (in particular of irrelevant details).
Transparency may also refer to:
In computing and mathematics:
In humanities and business:
transparent in Danish: Transparent
transparent in German: Transparent
transparent in French: Transparent
transparent in Indonesian: Transparansi
transparent in Hebrew: שקיפות
transparent in Dutch: Transparantie
transparent in Japanese: 透過性
transparent in Low German: Transparenz (Mehrdüdig Begreep)
transparent in Portuguese: Transparência
transparent in Russian: Прозрачность
transparent in Swedish: Transparens

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