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translucent

[trans-loo-suh nt, tranz-]
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  1. 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.
  2. easily understandable; lucid: a translucent explication.
  3. clear; transparent: translucent seawater.

Origin of translucent

1590–1600; < Latin trānslūcent- (stem of trānslūcēns), present participle of trānslūcere to shine through. See trans-, lucent
Related formstrans·lu·cence, trans·lu·cen·cy, nountrans·lu·cent·ly, adverbsub·trans·lu·cence, nounsub·trans·lu·cen·cy, nounsub·trans·lu·cent, adjective
Can be confusedtranslucent transparent (see synonym study at transparent)

Synonyms

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1. See transparent.

Antonyms

1. opaque.
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Examples from the Web for translucently

Historical Examples

  • But to the north-west an edge of it was translucently green.

    The Created Legend

    Feodor Sologub

  • Is not the duty of the girls who are a little older or who have been away to school or college perfectly, translucently clear?

    The American Country Girl

    Martha Foote Crow

  • So translucently white was it, that when he dropped it into a glass of water he had difficulty in finding it.

    South Sea Tales

    Jack London


British Dictionary definitions for translucently

translucent

adjective
  1. allowing light to pass through partially or diffusely; semitransparent
Derived Formstranslucence or translucency, nountranslucently, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin translūcēre to shine through, from trans- + lūcēre to shine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for translucently

translucent

adj.

1590s, from Latin translucentem (nominative translucens), present participle of translucere "to shine through," from trans- "through" (see trans-) + lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

translucently in Science

translucent

[trăns-lōōsənt]
  1. 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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