[ shoh-throo ]

  1. the visibility through paper of what is printed on the other side.

  2. a measure of the opacity of a paper.

Origin of show-through

Noun use of verb phrase show through

Words Nearby show-through Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use show-through in a sentence

  • The mountains drew nearer, and other pale colours began to show through the scabious blue.

    Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
  • Where the sky was palest the new moon looked like a little gilt slit in the sky, letting the light of heaven show through.

    The Devourers | Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • A frosty dawn was just beginning to show through the single window that lighted up the little room.

    The Hosts of the Air | Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The pine trees and the hill made a rather gloomy background, and the stars were just struggling to show through the dusk.

  • We wandered into rougher country, where the rocks begin to show through the surface, and scrub pine abounds.

    Letters from America | Rupert Brooke