[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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- 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 translucent
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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