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

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 hotel was Japanese-inspired, and its windows appeared to have a rice-paper-like translucency. Allison Stewart, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 Tech-minded, they were attuned to the plastic material’s abstract capacities for luminous translucency and perceptual insight. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 One of the new CG ghosts, Muncher, took cues from a tardigrade (microscopic water bear) and glass frogs for translucency. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Jan. 2022 The Flora cabinet’s botanical motif and translucency are a little bit Josef Frank (which Rusak directly referenced) and a little bit Shiro Kuramata — an elegant and unexpected mix. Diana Budds, Curbed, 17 Dec. 2021 The meat should begin to flake and be opaque with a slight translucency in the middle. Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2021 The addition of bone ash, The Spruce Craft reports, helps makes the resulting dishes lightweight, stronger, durable, and with a creamy whiteness, while also giving bone china that trademark translucency. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 30 June 2021 Now translucency is a design flourish, a way to direct or misdirect the eye. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 27 Apr. 2021 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 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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