trans·​lu·​cence | \ tran(t)s-ˈlü-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce translucence (audio) , tranz- \

Definition of translucence

: the quality or state of being translucent

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Examples of translucence in a Sentence

the exceptional translucence of the sapphire adds to its value
Recent Examples on the Web According to Coleridge, a Symbol is characterized by a translucence of the Special in the Individual or of the General in the Especial or of the Universal in the General. . . . Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 23 Apr. 2021 Capote picked a few charms from each woman and mixed, rendering the character in full with Carol’s whispery translucence, Gloria’s imaginative fancies, Marguerite’s bubbling bonhomie, and Doris looking spritely advantageous. Callahan Tormey, Town & Country, 28 Dec. 2020 For iridescence and translucence, the Judson windows are hard to match. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 21 Nov. 2020 With its yellow-brown translucence, amber is beautiful on its own, but it is prized by scientists because of what is sometimes found within: flora and fauna. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2020 The mirrors that Smith has built distill confusion into a wondrous translucence. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2019 To follow is a plate of turbot usuzukuri, sliced to translucence. The Economist, 4 Oct. 2019 Kites’ bold, playful riffs on the rapper’s chain trades silver and gold for translucence and a bit of childhood nostalgia. Jessi Roti,, 18 July 2019 To follow is a plate of turbot usuzukuri, sliced to translucence. The Economist, 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of translucence

1755, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of translucence was in 1755

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“Translucence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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trans·​lu·​cence | \ tran(t)s-ˈlüs-ᵊn(t)s, tranz- How to pronounce translucence (audio) \

Medical Definition of translucence

: the quality or state of being translucent


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