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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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  • One of their dozen transparencies was inscribed with "A dead Confederacy."

    A Confederate Girl's Diary Sarah Margan Dawson
  • I notice that when there are dinners for transparencies people ask me to ask them.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • But children do make them at election times for transparencies.

  • She said she was sorry she was so incompetent, and pointed to the transparencies at the windows.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
  • Love is aspiration: transparencies, colour, light, a sense of the unreal.

  • Something very sensational had been flashed upon the transparencies.

    The World Set Free Herbert George Wells
  • An electric light illuminated the 200 transparencies and they were rotated so that one picture at a time was seen.

  • When held up to the light, the transparencies give an accurate picture of the scene in natural colours.

  • In the houses lights began to pink the dark with the trite but irresistible appeal of Christmas-card transparencies.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for transparencies


/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 transparencies



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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