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[trans-pair-uh n-see, -par-] /trænsˈpɛər ən si, -ˈpær-/
noun, plural transparencies.
Also, transparence. the quality or state of being transparent.
something transparent, especially a picture, design, or the like on glass or some translucent substance, made visible by light shining through from behind.
  1. the proportion of the light that is passed through the emulsion on an area of a photographic image.
  2. a photographic print on a clear base for viewing by transmitted light.
Origin of transparency
From the Medieval Latin word trānspārentia, dating back to 1585-95. See transparent, -ency
Related forms
nontransparence, noun
nontransparency, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for transparence
Historical Examples
  • And the poor lady is abashed at the transparence of her evasion.

  • They have the transparence of soul and the lights of childhood.

  • Lower down, the water had carried the slightest cloud of alkali, and this had dulled the keen edge of its transparence.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • The water is still green as emerald, and has the same luminous quiver and transparence of verdancy which the gem possesses.

    The Crest of the Continent

    Ernest Ingersoll
  • The long sails, passing for a moment over the sun, became lighted up with a singular glory and transparence.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • In working with the microscope it must be remembered that the objects are seen by transparence.

    Practical Cinematography and Its Applications

    Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot
  • He had had Carlisle's feelings only at second-hand, through a medium perhaps wanting in transparence.

    V. V.'s Eyes

    Henry Sydnor Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for transparence


/trænsˈpærənsɪ; -ˈpɛər-/
noun (pl) -cies
Also called transparence. the state of being transparent
Also called slide. a positive photograph on a transparent base, usually mounted in a frame or between glass plates. It can be viewed by means of a slide projector
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Word Origin and History for transparence



1610s, "condition of being transparent," from Medieval Latin transparentia, from transparentem (see transparent). Meaning "that which is transparent" is from 1590s; of pictures, prints, etc., from 1785; in photography from 1866.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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