translucent

[trans-loo-suhnt, tranz-]

adjective

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.
easily understandable; lucid: a translucent explication.
clear; transparent: translucent seawater.

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)

Synonyms for translucent

1. See transparent.

Antonyms for translucent

1. opaque.
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Related Words for translucence

clarity, pellucidity, clearness, translucence

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British Dictionary definitions for translucence

translucent

adjective

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

Word Origin for translucent

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).

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]

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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