- having the property of transmitting rays of light through its substance so that bodies situated beyond or behind can be distinctly seen.
- admitting the passage of light through interstices.
- so sheer as to permit light to pass through; diaphanous.
- easily seen through, recognized, or detected: transparent excuses.
- manifest; obvious: a story with a transparent plot.
- open; frank; candid: the man's transparent earnestness.
- Computers. (of a process or software) operating in such a way as to not be perceived by users.
- Obsolete. shining through, as light.
Origin of transparent
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Examples from the Web for transparent
And, thanks to a transparent hull, exploring the deep and spotting rare marine life is practically a cinch.The Most Exciting New Hotels, Restaurants, and Submarines of 2014
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Hopefully there will be a transparent accounting of what was introduced.First Mike Brown, Then Eric Garner: Prosecutors Can’t Be Trusted to Try Cops
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Of course, spending in our elections is far from transparent.How to Fight Corruption With Game Theory
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And charters have repeatedly resisted attempts to make them transparent.Hunger Games Comes to New York State’s Public Schools
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Open and transparent transactional markets also make it easier for sex workers to share information and vet potential clients.Sex Workers Don't Deserve to be Raped
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There is nothing luminous, transparent, or delicate about dust.
It was only his unfortunate and transparent manner of speakin'.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 5.
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The air had been warm and transparent through the whole of the bright day.Little Dorrit
How can they expect us to believe this transparent falsehood—this palpable device?Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The next instant the valley was illumined by a transparent glow.Slaves of Mercury
- permitting the uninterrupted passage of light; cleara window is transparent
- easy to see through, understand, or recognize; obvious
- (of a substance or object) permitting the free passage of electromagnetic radiationa substance that is transparent to X-rays
- candid, open, or frank
Word Origin and History for transparent
early 15c., from Medieval Latin transparentem (nominative transparens), present participle of transparere "show light through," from Latin trans- "through" (see trans-) + parere "come in sight, appear" (see appear). Figurative sense of "easily seen through" is first attested 1590s. The attempt to back-form a verb transpare (c.1600) died with the 17c.
- Allowing radiation or matter to pass through with little or no resistance or diffusion. Compare opaque translucent. See Note at glass.