opaque

adjective \ ō-ˈpāk \

Definition of opaque

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

opaque

noun

opaquely

adverb

opaqueness

noun

Examples of opaque in a Sentence

  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 GliattoPeople23 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 SkidelskyNew York Review of Books5 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 KummerAtlanticMarch 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

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Origin and Etymology of opaque

Latin opacus — see opacity


OPAQUE Defined for English Language Learners

opaque

adjective

Definition of opaque for English Language Learners

  • : not letting light through : not transparent

  • : difficult to understand or explain


OPAQUE Defined for Kids

opaque

adjective \ ō-ˈpāk \

Definition of opaque for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

opaque

adjective \ ō-ˈpāk \

medical Definition of opaque

:exhibiting opacity :not pervious to radiant energy

opaqueness

noun


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