transparent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj transparent 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 crystal"
    • adj transparent easily understood or seen through (because of a lack of subtlety) "a transparent explanation","a transparent lie"
    • adj transparent free of deceit
    • adj transparent 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The chameleon has several cell layers beneath its transparent skin. These layers are the source of the chameleon's color change. Some of the layers contain pigments, while others just reflect light to create new colors. Several factors contribute to the color change. A popular misconception is that chameleons change color to match their environment. This isn't true. Light, temperature, and emotional state commonly bring about a chameleon's change in color. The chameleon will most often change between green, brown and gray, which coincidently, often matches the background colors of their habitat.
    • Transparent Admitting the passage of light; open; porous; as, a transparent veil.
    • Transparent Having the property of transmitting rays of light, so that bodies can be distinctly seen through; pervious to light; diaphanous; pellucid; as, transparent glass; a transparent diamond; -- opposed to opaque. "Transparent elemental air."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: American colonists discovered that superior candles could be made from the fruit of a squat bush growing in the sand dunes along the New England seashore. The small, grayish bayberry was picked, crushed, and boiled. It had to be skimmed several times before the pale, nearly transparent, green fat was sufficiently refined. Bayberry candles were highly prized, because so much labor and so many berries were needed to make just one candle.
    • transparent Having the property of transmitting rays of light so that bodies situated beyond or behind can be distinctly seen; transmitting light-waves radiated from some source, without absorption or scattering; pervious to light; diaphanous; pellucid: as, transparent glass; a transparent diamond: opposed to opaque, and distinguished from translucent.
    • transparent Admitting the passage of light through interstices.
    • transparent Figuratively, easily seen through or understood; easily intelligible.
    • transparent Bright; shining; clear.
    • transparent Synonyms Bright, limpid, crystalline.
    • n transparent A costume consisting of a dress of lace, tulle, gauze, or other thin fabric, worn over another dress of rich material. This fashion seems to have been introduced about 1675.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Spiders have transparent blood.
    • adj Transparent that may be distinctly seen through: clear
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Quotations

  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearances.”
  • John Tillotson
    John Tillotson
    “The crafty person is always in danger; and when they think they walk in the dark, all their pretenses are transparent.”
  • Joseph Brodsky
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    “What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparence.”
  • Louis-Ferdinand Celine
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    “Life is filigree work. What is written clearly is not worth much, it's the transparency that counts.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
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    “Thought is a kind of opium; it can intoxicate us, while still broad awake; it can make transparent the mountains and everything that exists.”
  • James Thurber
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    “When all things are equal, translucence in writing is more effective than transparency, just as glow is more revealing than glare.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from LL. transparens, -entis, p. pr. of transparere, to be transparent; L. trans, across, through + parere, to appear. See Appear
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. trans, through, parēre, to appear.

Usage

In literature:

We reached a little transparent door.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
They are quite white, and seemingly transparent.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
She was so transparently happy.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Inside of this pipe is a series of transparent ovals of various sizes.
"Life in a Thousand Worlds" by William Shuler Harris
It is shed upon the landscape like a spiritual and transparent veil.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
These letters look particularly well on transparent materials.
"Beeton's Book of Needlework" by Isabella Beeton
There was a demand for something vaporous and unearthly, gliding, transparent, mysterious.
"A Book of the Play" by Dutton Cook
Either they are true and superfluous, or they are false and transparently unconvincing.
"Balloons" by Elizabeth Bibesco
She became a creature of glories, shining transparencies.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
Fuse the mixture upon charcoal in the oxidation flame to a clear, transparent bead.
"A System of Instruction in the Practical Use of the Blowpipe" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

If slumber, sweet Lisena!
Have stolen o'er thine eyes,
As night steals o'er the glory
Of spring's transparent skies;
"The Serenade" by William Cullen Bryant
Perpetuall knockings at thy doore,
Tears sullying thy transparent rooms,
Gift upon gift; much would have more,
And comes.
"Gratefulnesse" by George Herbert
In the growing darkness growing,
Growing till her eyes appear
Like spots of a deeper twilight,
But more transparent clear:
"The Old Garden" by George MacDonald
The same crimson dragonflies,
Which now, on their nuptial beds,
Are deader and more transparent
Than crumbled dry cigarettes.
"The spring-it had simply been you" by Boris Pasternak
When world waves rise around us,
With soft transparent weight,
Light in seeming, yet so great,
The liquid chains have bound us.
"Warning" by Marietta Holley
Till all is hard, cold ice,
Transparent, luminous ice,
Whose dumb but stern device
The rivers entice
To stand at last congealed.
"The Rape Of The Flowers" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

MILWAUKEE- Several members of the Milwaukee Common Council are calling on the Milwaukee Police Department to be more transparent.
Legal Fight Requires Agency Transparency.
OMB not enamored of House-passed data transparency measure.
Politicians often say they support government transparency.
In an effort to increase transparency or perhaps expand the fan experience at the stadium, starting this season, fans will be able to go 'under the hood' with the lead official.
New laws could set back transparency efforts.
Informatics , transparency and data to fix healthcare crisis.
That's why financial transparency is state policy, and anyone can go to TexasTransparency.org and see where many of their tax dollars are being spent.
Audit Integrity ranks firms with the most transparent accounting and prudent management.
These are the American businesses that have the most transparent and conservative accounting practices and most prudent management.
An annual survey identifies the 100 businesses on American exchanges with the most transparent and conservative accounting practices and most prudent management.
These companies are noteworthy for the transparent and conservative accounting and prudent management.
Newark interim schools chief, seemingly unafraid of state power, vows to be transparent.
This new technology platform is poised to make the buying experience easier and more transparent.
Clear steps toward transparency and accountability may have begun.
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In science:

Note that the procedure of deriving is used some trick and looks not too transparent.
Generalized lagrangian of the Rarita--Schwinger field
Even though the theory of transport in small structures is formulated in terms of transmission and reflection matrices , measuring interface transparencies directly has proven quite difficult .
Orientation-Dependent Transparency of Metallic Interfaces
Explaining the transparency anisotropy of Al/Ag interfaces requires finding an explanation for the low transmission values in this region of the 2D BZ.
Orientation-Dependent Transparency of Metallic Interfaces
The geometric nature of the construction is more transparent using standard tensor notation based upon spacetime coordinates xα = (t, x, y , z).
Problems which are well-posed in a generalized sense with applications to the Einstein equations
It is a comment on the usefulness of this algebraic approach that such an improvement is so easily and transparently attained compared to the effort to accomplish the same goal analytically.
Tail expansions for the distribution of the maximum of a random walk with negative drift and regularly varying increments
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