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Etymology

From Mediaeval Latin transpārentis (genitive singular of transpārens, present participle of transpāreō)

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Adjective

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transparent

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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) See-through, clear; having the property that light passes through it almost undisturbed, such that one can see through it clearly.
    The waters of the lake were transparent until the factory dumped wastes there.
    • 1897, H. G. Wells, The Invisible Man, chapter 19,
      "You make the glass invisible by putting it into a liquid of nearly the same refractive index; a transparent thing becomes invisible if it is put in any medium of almost the same refractive index."
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Open, public; having the property that theories and practices are publicly visible, thereby reducing the chance of corruption.
  3. Obvious; readily apparent; easy to see or understand.
    His reasons for the decision were transparent.

Usage notes

  • (see-through, clear): The term translucent is similar in meaning, but describes a material or object that diffuses light as it passes through. Looking through a transparent substance (such as a window), one can recognize objects on the other side. Looking through a translucent substance (such as frosted glass), one cannot see objects clearly, only light and shadow.

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Danish

Adjective

transparent

  1. transparent

Noun

transparent c.

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  2. transparency (a photographic slide)

French

Etymology

From Mediaeval Latin transparens.

Pronunciation

Adjective

transparent m. (f. transparente, m. plural transparents, f. plural transparentes)

  1. transparent

German

Adjective

transparent

  1. transparent

Norwegian

Adjective

transparent (masculine transparent; feminine transparent; neuter transparent; plural transparente; comparative transparentere; superlative transparentest)

  1. transparent (quality of a material)

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Noun

transparent m. (definite singular transparenten; indefinite plural transparenter; definite plural transparentene) or,
transparent n. (definite singular transparentet; indefinite plural transparent/transparenter; definite plural transparenta/transparentene)

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Polish

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /tranˈsparɛnt/

Noun

transparent (plural transparenty, genitive sg transparentu, locative sg transparencie)

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