Definition of transparent
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What does transparent mean?
Transparent is used to describe things that you can see through or things that allow for light to pass through clearly.
A clear glass window is transparent in this way. A very informal synonym is see-through. However, something doesn’t need to be completely clear to be considered transparent. A fine mesh that is able to be seen through could be described as transparent.
The word translucent is sometimes used as a synonym for transparent. In technical contexts, though, describing something as translucent means that it allows light to pass through but diffuses it so that whatever is on the other side cannot be fully seen. For example, a frosted glass window could be said to be translucent but not transparent (you can see what’s on the other side, but not clearly). Still, in everyday conversation, the words are typically used to mean the same thing.
Transparent is also commonly used in a few figurative ways. Most commonly, it describes things that are free from any attempt to hide something, as in a transparent process or The administration has been praised for its willingness to be transparent with the press.
It can also mean obvious or easy to understand or figure out, as in The instructions were very transparent and easy to follow.
Sometimes, transparent is used to describe things that may have been intended to hide something but that are easy to recognize or see through in a figurative sense, as in His excuses are so transparent—everyone knows the real reason he called out of work.
The noun transparency refers to the quality or state of being transparent.
Example: The stadium only allows transparent bags to be brought in so that they can be easily inspected by security.
Where does transparent come from?
The first records of the word transparent come from around 1400. It comes from the Medieval Latin verb transpārēre, meaning “to show through,” from trans-, meaning “through,” and the Latin verb pārēre, meaning “to appear” or “to be visible” (pārēre is also the root of the words appear and apparent).
Describing a process as transparent typically means that it’s completely visible and open to scrutiny—nothing is being hidden. This is especially used in the context of politicians, government agencies, and businesses and calls for them to be transparent. The opposite of this is being secretive.
The opposite of the literal sense of transparent is opaque, which describes things that cannot be seen through at all or that do not let any light pass through them. It can also be used as the opposite of some of the figurative senses of transparent: describing something as opaque can mean that it’s hard to understand.
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What are some other forms related to transparent?
- transparently (adverb)
- transparentness (noun)
- nontransparent (adjective)
- transparency (noun)
What are some synonyms for transparent?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing transparent?
What are some words transparent may be commonly confused with?
- translucent (in technical contexts)
How is transparent used in real life?
In a literal sense, transparent is used to describe things that are completely see-through, like clean water and glass. In a figurative sense, transparent is often used in the context of government agencies and companies, which people often call to be more transparent in dealings with citizens and customers.
🔥 Rare Octopus with Completely Transparent Head 🔥 pic.twitter.com/BRB9cSY0oC
— Nature is Lit (@Nature_Is_Lit) November 10, 2020
I've been tracking election results & updates religiously –– GA has run a smoother, more transparent operation than almost anyone.
— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) November 9, 2020
Supermarkets need to be more transparent with their customers about the steps they are taking to reduce their plastic and waste footprint. The time for action is now!https://t.co/Jr5ujv7ef1#PlasticProtest #TrashTalk pic.twitter.com/OFTIPLnDbh
— Surfers Against Sewage (@sascampaigns) September 10, 2020
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How to use transparent in a sentence
This includes “fair management,” which focuses on how transparent the results and outcomes of algorithms are for workers.Algorithms Workers Can’t See Are Increasingly Pulling the Management Strings|Tom Barratt|August 28, 2020|Singularity Hub
In the case of Foundry, he believes that access to a new generation of energy-efficient mining equipment, as well as its transparent business culture—crypto mining is a notoriously opaque industry—will help it succeed.
I would challenge you to find any other company who is entering Phase 3 trials today who have been as transparent about their clinical activities as we have.Will a Covid-19 Vaccine Change the Future of Medical Research? (Ep. 430)|Stephen J. Dubner|August 27, 2020|Freakonomics
Now, machine-learning researchers and scholars are looking for ways to make AI more fair, accountable, and transparent—but also, recently, more participatory.Participation-washing could be the next dangerous fad in machine learning|Amy Nordrum|August 25, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The group asked for public data disclosure from drug-company grantees, “transparent” accounting to show true vaccine cost and the right to step in and take over a vaccine project if the developer failed to deliver.Oxford’s COVID vaccine deal with AstraZeneca raises concerns about access and pricing|lbelanger225|August 24, 2020|Fortune
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|Charlie Gilbert|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ultimately, disclosure laws are an essential tool for promoting transparent supply chains and corporate accountability.Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War|John Prendergast|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Sally Kohn|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, spending in our elections is far from transparent.
And charters have repeatedly resisted attempts to make them transparent.Hunger Games Comes to New York State’s Public Schools|Zephyr Teachout|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just corporeal enough to attest humanity, yet sufficiently transparent to let the celestial origin shine through.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
The resurrection of Lazarus is a transparent fabrication out of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
Her face was mild and pale; but it was the transparent hue of the virgin flower of spring, clad in her veiling leaves.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
May it please your Transparent Highness, I've found out how the needles get into the haystacks.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
The Russians, on the contrary, prefer orange-yellow transparent specimens.