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 For the Nintendo Switch, the sort of translucency made popular by the Game Boy is only available as a mod. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 27 Apr. 2021 In a recording studio, microphones can capture the fortepiano’s translucency, but concert promoters and their audiences may still expect the depth and sheer loudness of a grand piano. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021 Baked salmon should be slightly flaky with a bit of translucency in the middle. Angela Watson,, 5 Mar. 2021 All the forms are blurred, there’s a certain amount of translucency and a lot of softness. Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2020 Blacker and older skin does not require as much translucency to appear lifelike. Theodore Kim, Scientific American, 18 Aug. 2020 However, translucency is only the dominating visual feature in young, white skin. Theodore Kim, Scientific American, 18 Aug. 2020 The hardest frogs for people to spot sported the pattern of translucency typically seen on the glass frog. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2020 Rather than undergoing active chameleonlike color changes, glass frogs’ translucency allows light to bounce from their background and go through them—making their apparent color close to their setting. Emily Schwing, Scientific American, 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of translucency

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of translucency was in 1598

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9 May 2021

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“Translucency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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plural translucencies

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