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translucent

[trans-loo-suh nt, tranz-]
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  1. permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that persons, objects, etc., on the opposite side are not clearly visible: Frosted window glass is translucent but not transparent.
  2. easily understandable; lucid: a translucent explication.
  3. clear; transparent: translucent seawater.
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Origin of translucent

1590–1600; < Latin trānslūcent- (stem of trānslūcēns), present participle of trānslūcere to shine through. See trans-, lucent
Related formstrans·lu·cence, trans·lu·cen·cy, nountrans·lu·cent·ly, adverbsub·trans·lu·cence, nounsub·trans·lu·cen·cy, nounsub·trans·lu·cent, adjective
Can be confusedtranslucent transparent (see synonym study at transparent)

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1. See transparent.

Antonyms

1. opaque.
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British Dictionary definitions for translucence

translucent

adjective
  1. allowing light to pass through partially or diffusely; semitransparent
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Derived Formstranslucence or translucency, nountranslucently, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin translūcēre to shine through, from trans- + lūcēre to shine
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Word Origin and History for translucence

adj.

early 15c., from Medieval Latin translucentia, from Latin translucentem (see translucenct).

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translucent

adj.

1590s, from Latin translucentem (nominative translucens), present participle of translucere "to shine through," from trans- "through" (see trans-) + lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)).

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translucence in Science

translucent

[trăns-lōōsənt]
  1. Allowing radiation (most commonly light) to pass through, but causing diffusion. Frosted glass, for example, is translucent to visible light. Compare transparent.
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