[trans-loo-suh nt, tranz-]
- 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 translucently
But to the north-west an edge of it was translucently green.The Created Legend
Is not the duty of the girls who are a little older or who have been away to school or college perfectly, translucently clear?The American Country Girl
Martha Foote Crow
So translucently white was it, that when he dropped it into a glass of water he had difficulty in finding it.South Sea Tales
- 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 translucently
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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