- not transparent or translucent; impenetrable to light; not allowing light to pass through.
- not transmitting radiation, sound, heat, etc.
- not shining or bright; dark; dull.
- hard to understand; not clear or lucid; obscure: The problem remains opaque despite explanations.
- dull, stupid, or unintelligent.
- something that is opaque.
- Photography. a coloring matter, usually black or red, used to render part of a negative opaque.
- Photography. to cover up blemishes on (a negative), especially for making a printing plate.
- to cause to become opaque.
Origin of opaque
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Examples from the Web for opaquely
Netanyahu asked the public to support the prisoner release, opaquely explaining that it was “for the good of the country.”Why Did Netanyahu Release Palestinian Prisoners?
August 6, 2013
After they had subsided into their seats, Chet's opaquely bluish eyes made another tour of inspection, in curiosity and wonder.David Harum
Edward Noyes Westcott
A lamp was burning on a wall-shelf, but its flickering flame barely threw a glow above the top of the opaquely smoked chimney.Down the Yellowstone
Lewis R. Freeman
- not transmitting light; not transparent or translucent
- not reflecting light; lacking lustre or shine; dull
- not transmitting radiant energy, such as electromagnetic or corpuscular radiation, or sound
- hard to understand; unintelligible
- unintelligent; dense
- photog an opaque pigment used to block out particular areas on a negative
- to make opaque
- photog to block out particular areas, such as blemishes, on (a negative), using an opaque
Word Origin and History for opaquely
early 15c., opake, from Latin opacus "shaded, in the shade, shady, dark, darkened, obscure," of unknown origin. Spelling influenced after c.1650 by French opaque (c.1500), from the Latin. Figurative use from 1761. Related: Opaquely; opaqueness.
- Impenetrable by light; neither transparent nor translucent.