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adjective trans·lu·cent \-sənt\

: not completely clear or transparent but clear enough to allow light to pass through

Full Definition of TRANSLUCENT

:  permitting the passage of light:
a :  clear, transparent <translucent water>
b :  transmitting and diffusing light so that objects beyond cannot be seen clearly
:  free from disguise or falseness <his translucent patriotism — Newsweek>
trans·lu·cent·ly adverb


Latin translucent-, translucens, present participle of translucēre to shine through, from trans- + lucēre to shine — more at light
First Known Use: 1607

Synonym Discussion of TRANSLUCENT

clear, transparent, translucent, limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness <clear water>. transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly <a transparent sheet of film>. translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond <translucent frosted glass>. limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water <her eyes were limpid pools of blue>.

clear, perspicuous, lucid mean quickly and easily understood. clear implies freedom from obscurity, ambiguity, or undue complexity <clear instructions>. perspicuous applies to a style that is simple and elegant as well as clear <a perspicuous style>. lucid suggests a clear logical coherence and evident order of arrangement <a lucid explanation>.
TRANSLUCENT Defined for Kids


adjective trans·lu·cent \trans-ˈlü-sənt\

Definition of TRANSLUCENT for Kids

:  not transparent but clear enough to allow rays of light to pass through
Medical Dictionary


adjective trans·lu·cent \-ənt\

Medical Definition of TRANSLUCENT

:  permitting the passage of light; especially :  transmitting and diffusing light so that objects beyond cannot be seen clearly


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