trans·​lu·​cen·​cy | \ tran(t)s-ˈlü-sᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce translucency (audio) , tranz- \
plural translucencies

Definition of translucency

2 : something that is translucent

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Examples of translucency in a Sentence

the translucency of a wine can only be appreciated if it is served in uncolored glasses, preferably of fine crystal
Recent Examples on the Web The 12-14 week ultrasound includes a screening test for Down syndrome and other chromosome abnormalities called the nuchal translucency test. Anna Nowogrodzki, New York Times, "When and Why to Get Ultrasounds During Pregnancy," 17 Apr. 2020 There is a translucency, if not a transparency, to Schulz’s drawing style that allows for such sympathy. Chris Ware, The New Yorker, "The Debt That All Cartoonists Owe to “Peanuts”," 24 Sep. 2019 From this point, the developer can add menu-bar items, apply translucency to the primary view controller, display and populate a preferences menu, add hover events, and so on. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Catalyst deep dive: The future of Mac software according to Apple and devs," 1 July 2019 The rear panels have a slightly rough texture, and there’s a degree of translucency and light scattering that makes them appear not altogether solid. Sam Byford, The Verge, "A story about phones that look like onions and garlic," 8 July 2019 From there, pigment gets added to the mixture, even though Vans often uses some natural gum color with a slight translucency. Once pigment gets applied, crews may reheat the mixture to apply more color, such as a white sidewall. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Watch How Vans Makes Its Secret Skate Shoe Rubber," 8 Mar. 2016 The Settings app has been updated to include the translucency and mouse hot-tracking effects that Fluent brings, for example. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "A look at what the Windows 10 April 2018 update brings," 30 Apr. 2018 They might be cut into pieces, polished to a high gloss or reduced to frosted translucency, stacked and rearranged. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "African spirits suspended in resin, culture at SF art gallery," 16 Mar. 2018 Shots of rippling, folded plastic sheeting, tightly framed and stripped of context, double as meditations on light, shadow and translucency. Leah Ollman,, "In Catherine Wagner's luminous photographs, shadows of the great Giorgio Morandi," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of translucency

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Translucency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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trans·​lu·​cen·​cy | \ -ᵊn-sē How to pronounce translucency (audio) \
plural translucencies

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