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

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While some fish use bright lights, others have evolved into a state of translucence. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Some Fish Can See in Color at 5,000 Feet Below Sea Level," 10 May 2019 Solution 1 Add airy art to mimic the translucence of the acrylic table. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Can a Traditional Leather Sofa Cozy Up to a Colorful Acrylic Table?," 15 Mar. 2019 For instance, the translucence of the spectral ghosts simply differentiates between enemies that can move through walls and enemies that are corporeal. Giaco Furino, Popular Mechanics, "Gear Up for Ghostbustin' Mania with the Ghostbusters Board Game," 13 July 2016 Its propellors are noticeably lighter-weight than competitors, and their tear-dropped shape and translucence add an extra insectoid touch. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Parrot's New Super-Lightweight Anafi Drone Might Be Ideal for the Casual Vacationer," 6 June 2018 Light to the point of translucence, this wine smells like Juicyfruit gum, cranberry and pomegranate, with a textural grip that comes from its whole-cluster fermentation. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tasting notes: The diverse, dynamic wines of Lodi," 20 May 2018 For even in a large auditorium, there was no mistaking the airy translucence of her sound, nor the cerebral quality of her phrase-making. Howard Reich,, "MONK'estra shows why Monk's music thrives," 27 Jan. 2018 For all the intricacies of Tukes’ phrase-making here, however, the crispness of his instrumental attacks and translucence of his tone stood out, with guitarist Peter Lerner echoing this approach. Howard Reich,, "Thaddeus Tukes brings poetry to the vibraphone," 9 Dec. 2017 So though there's a great deal to admire in the translucence of her ensemble's sound and the arid nature of its textures on the recording, the Constellation show brought forth tones and overtones only a live performance can yield. Howard Reich,, "Bassist Linda May Han Oh revels in tonal beauty of 'Walk Against Wind'," 18 June 2017

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First Known Use of translucence

1755, in the meaning defined above

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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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