- having the property of transmitting rays of light through its substance so that bodies situated beyond or behind can be distinctly seen.
- admitting the passage of light through interstices.
- so sheer as to permit light to pass through; diaphanous.
- easily seen through, recognized, or detected: transparent excuses.
- manifest; obvious: a story with a transparent plot.
- open; frank; candid: the man's transparent earnestness.
- Computers. (of a process or software) operating in such a way as to not be perceived by users.
- Obsolete. shining through, as light.
Origin of transparent
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Examples from the Web for transparently
He is transparently impatient with the traditional tribal leaders whose support has always been the bedrock of the monarchy.Jordan’s King Abdullah Flames Out in Atlantic Interview
March 20, 2013
What hurts Romney even more is his transparently phony makeover on immigration.Immigration Could Sink Mitt Romney Regardless of Supreme Court Rulings
June 26, 2012
Restructure companies to operate profitably and transparently for the state.Greek Election Deepens Political Chaos and Prospect of Default
May 7, 2012
“The commission will carry out its work impartially and transparently,” the statement said.Bahrain Protests Intensify: Government Opens Fire
February 18, 2011
Nancy was aware that the characters painted in Wigs on the Green were transparently enough those of her fascist sisters.Can Fascism be Funny?
September 28, 2010
Only the guilty ever succeed in looking as transparently innocent.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
Concealment it was not, for Lucilla had always been transparently true.Hopes and Fears
Charlotte M. Yonge
There was transparently some secret not confided to her friend.Diana of the Crossways, Complete
His eyes were half closed and his face was transparently white.Pietro Ghisleri
F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
Her lovers account of events at Ostend and in London was transparently honest.The Message
- permitting the uninterrupted passage of light; cleara window is transparent
- easy to see through, understand, or recognize; obvious
- (of a substance or object) permitting the free passage of electromagnetic radiationa substance that is transparent to X-rays
- candid, open, or frank
Word Origin and History for transparently
early 15c., from Medieval Latin transparentem (nominative transparens), present participle of transparere "show light through," from Latin trans- "through" (see trans-) + parere "come in sight, appear" (see appear). Figurative sense of "easily seen through" is first attested 1590s. The attempt to back-form a verb transpare (c.1600) died with the 17c.