opaque

adjective
\ ō-ˈpāk How to pronounce opaque (audio) \

Definition of opaque

1 : blocking the passage of radiant energy and especially light : exhibiting opacity (see opacity sense 1)
2a : hard to understand or explain opaque prose

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Other Words from opaque

opaque noun
opaquely adverb
opaqueness noun

Examples of opaque in a Sentence

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 held captive), and the consequences of falling behind are murderous. — Tom Gliatto, People, 23 Apr. 2007 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 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 the opaque water of the muddy river somehow listeners seem to connect with the songwriter, despite his deeply personal, often opaque lyrics
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Recent Examples on the Web The government’s management of its oil and gas revenues is opaque. The Economist, "Equatorial Guinea is still waiting for its IMF bail-out," 23 Jan. 2021 For even more flavor, brush the lobster with herbed butter, then cook it for five to eight minutes or until the meat is opaque. Jennifer Blair, chicagotribune.com, "11 things you didn’t know you could cook in an air fryer," 22 Jan. 2021 Bake until shrimp are opaque throughout, 12 to 15 minutes. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Roasted Garlicky Shrimp," 15 Jan. 2021 Fry until the whites are opaque but the yolks are still soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Washington Post, "This make-ahead cheesy ham casserole is a festive treat at the holidays or anytime," 29 Dec. 2020 In 2018, Erika Uyterhoeven founded a growing organization, known as Act on Mass, that pushed progressive causes and changes on how the notoriously opaque Legislature operates. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Five new lawmakers to watch on Beacon Hill," 20 Jan. 2021 But some privacy advocates said the episode reveals a worrying truth about pervasive public surveillance and the opaque connections between private companies and law enforcement. Washington Post, "Dating apps are using Capitol images to ban rioters’ accounts," 16 Jan. 2021 The trouble with Tether is not just one fly-by-night company with opaque financial dealings. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Is Tether Just a Scam to Enrich Bitcoin Investors?," 13 Jan. 2021 An opaque coating of tiny, white, granular ice particles caused by the rapid freezing of supercooled water droplets on impact with an object. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Warm Week Followed By Colder Temps," 10 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of opaque

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for opaque

Latin opacus — see opacity

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Last Updated

17 Feb 2021

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“Opaque.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opaque. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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More Definitions for opaque

opaque

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of opaque

: not letting light through : not transparent
: difficult to understand or explain

opaque

adjective
\ ō-ˈpāk How to pronounce opaque (audio) \

Kids Definition of opaque

1 : not letting light through : not transparent
2 : not reflecting light : dull an opaque paint

opaque

adjective
\ ō-ˈpāk How to pronounce opaque (audio) \

Medical Definition of opaque

: exhibiting opacity : not pervious to radiant energy

Other Words from opaque

opaqueness noun

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