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

Examples of translucence in a Sentence

the exceptional translucence of the sapphire adds to its value
Recent Examples on the Web The work morphs with the day’s light, moving between opacity and translucence, at times monochromatic and other times featuring bleeding color blocks, like a Rothko painting. Deborah Vankinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Nevertheless, the drawings, which depict bony and fleshy forms that dance ecstatically across the picture plane, appear to be lighted from within in ways that hint at Hesse’s subsequent interest in the translucence of fiberglass and plastic. Steven Litt, cleveland, 3 Apr. 2022 The agate’s translucence bestows celestiality on both images. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2022 His signature technique involved thinning the pigment to near-translucence, then applying it layer over layer to create a luminous, glaze-like finish. Susan Delson, WSJ, 29 Oct. 2021 Glass frogs, which exhibit varying degrees of skin translucence, are another example. Luna Shyr, Wired, 4 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of translucence

1755, in the meaning defined above

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“Translucence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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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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