[trans-loo-suh nt, tranz-]
- permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that persons, objects, etc., on the opposite side are not clearly visible: Frosted window glass is translucent but not transparent.
- easily understandable; lucid: a translucent explication.
- clear; transparent: translucent seawater.
Origin of translucent
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1. See transparent.
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Examples from the Web for translucence
Its properties of translucence and refraction enabled skilful artists to perform marvels.The Moon Metal
Garrett P. Serviss
These localities all consist of the opaque varieties, with a slight degree of translucence in some places.
It differs chiefly from the dotted jaspers of Lake Michigan, in its translucence and green color.
Another cause for its brilliancy was that its translucence was not obscured by paint.Stained Glass Tours in France
Charles Hitchcock Sherrill
The translucence had a pathos for his intelligence which the pensive tilt of her head enhanced.Between The Dark And The Daylight
William Dean Howells
- allowing light to pass through partially or diffusely; semitransparent
C16: from Latin translūcēre to shine through, from trans- + lūcēre to shine
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Word Origin and History for translucence
early 15c., from Medieval Latin translucentia, from Latin translucentem (see translucenct).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Allowing radiation (most commonly light) to pass through, but causing diffusion. Frosted glass, for example, is translucent to visible light. Compare transparent.
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