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opaque

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adjective \ō-ˈpāk\

Simple Definition of opaque

  • : not letting light through : not transparent

  • : difficult to understand or explain

Full Definition of opaque

  1. 1 :  blocking the passage of radiant energy and especially light :  exhibiting opacity (see opacity)

  2. 2 a :  hard to understand or explain <opaque prose> b :  obtuse, thickheaded

opaque noun
opaque·ly adverb
opaque·ness noun

Examples of opaque

  1. In the opening hour, a group of strangers receive a maddeningly opaque cell-phone summons to join a secret cross-country race with a $32 million prize. The thing is, the summons can also be a threat (one competitor's wife is possibly being help captive), and the consequences of falling behind are murderous. —Tom Gliatto, People, 23 Apr. 2007

  2. The reality facing Rory Stewart was that he was sent into a collapsed rural region in a country of which he knew almost nothing, and in which he had to find his way through a maze of opaque tribal and religious relationships. —Robert Skidelsky, New York Review of Books, 5 Oct. 2006

  3. Arborio rice, the kind that grows in the Po Valley and gave rise to the wonderful dish risotto, has a tiny opaque white pearl on the inside that remains al dente, and starch on the outside that the grains release during cooking, making a creamy sauce. —Corby Kummer, Atlantic, March 1993

  4. the opaque water of the muddy river

  5. <somehow listeners seem to connect with the songwriter, despite his deeply personal, often opaque lyrics>



Origin of opaque

Latin opacus (see opacity)


First Known Use: 1641


Medical Dictionary

opaque

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adjective \ō-ˈpāk\

Medical Definition of opaque

  1. :  exhibiting opacity :  not pervious to radiant energy

  2. opaque·ness noun





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