- 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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Related Words for nontransparentimpenetrable, murky, cloudy, hazy, gloomy, frosty, thick, dull, dirty, blurred, opaque, misty, dense, dim, muddy, overcast, dark, dismal, foggy, lowering
- 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 for transparent
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.
- Allowing radiation or matter to pass through with little or no resistance or diffusion. Compare opaque translucent. See Note at glass.