- 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
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1. See transparent.
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Examples from the Web for translucency
And for the translucency of their yellower effects we must bring in the amber.The Heart of Nature
This translucency affects the luster and brightness of lumber.Seasoning of Wood
Joseph B. Wagner
The former constitutes the body of the piece, the latter gives it its translucency.The Ceramic Art
Jennie J. Young
This translucency of atmosphere is very common in Southern Africa.Tales of South Africa
On exposure to light much of the translucency and brilliancy is lost.
- allowing light to pass through partially or diffusely; semitransparent
C16: from Latin translūcēre to shine through, from trans- + lūcēre to shine
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Word Origin and History for translucency
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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