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

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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 Stirring constantly, cook until all the liquid is evaporated and the rice grains have a glassy translucency. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spice savvy: These 7 trendy seasonings will add pizzazz to your cooking," 27 Feb. 2018 In a sport, though, where there are no teams and no league but the competitors are individual contractors, this kind of transparency (or translucency in the case of the Patriots) is hard to legislate. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: What Message Is Hall of Fame Sending with Recent Inductees?," 7 Feb. 2018 The biggest contrast to the first two iterations (Metro and MDL2) is that Fluent makes use of translucency to denote different sections of an interface and transition animations to better express the relationships between interface elements. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Lots of small changes—and maybe the revolution," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of translucency

circa 1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of translucency was circa 1610

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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