opaque

adjective
\ō-ˈpāk \

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

b : obtuse, thickheaded

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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 help 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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Layering is key; semi-sheer pantyhose and opaque ankle socks pair nicely, especially when tucked into a heeled loafer. Divya Bala, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Outfit Ideas to Slay Every Holiday Party," 30 Nov. 2018 Jenner has launched glosses as part of her birthday, holiday, and most recently Halloween collections, with shiny finishes that range from opaque to reflective metallics. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Teases New High Gloss Lip Glosses Launching in November," 31 Oct. 2018 The prisoner's trick of knocking against walls to speak becomes drums representing the language of the other captive orcas—as urgent and opaque as each pod's language might be to another. Irene Hsiao, Chicago Reader, "Why does a sea mammal evoke more sympathy than a black man?, asks Tilikum," 5 July 2018 The budget passed Tuesday uses opaque language to pay for specific items ranging from $400,000 for a new fire engine in Plymouth Township to $360,000 to improve a road in an industrial park in Beaverton, in Gladwin County. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan budget contains tens of millions of dollars in hidden earmarks," 13 June 2018 The Santa Teresa version has an opaque steel plate at the top of its bollards that a Department of Homeland Security official explained is an anti-climb feature. Kate Morrissey, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Border construction begins in San Diego," 1 June 2018 Stay locked onto the thickest part of the shrimp (the opposite end as the tail), and when the flesh at the base of that crevice turns from translucent to opaque, the shrimp is done. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "How to Not Overcook (or Undercook) Your Shrimp," 14 May 2018 The sheets will turn from yellowish to opaque and white. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Pasta Kerchief with Poached Egg, French Ham, and Brown Butter," 26 Apr. 2012 It was founded by former People’s Liberation Army engineer Ren Zhengfei, and its private ownership structure is entirely opaque. Sam Byford, The Verge, "China suggests Trump switch to Huawei after reports of iPhone tapping," 25 Oct. 2018

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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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The first known use of opaque was in 1641

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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 \

Kids Definition of opaque

1 : not letting light through : not transparent

2 : not reflecting light : dull an opaque paint

opaque

adjective
\ō-ˈpāk \

Medical Definition of opaque 

: exhibiting opacity : not pervious to radiant energy

Other Words from opaque

opaqueness noun

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