trans·lu·cent | \ tran(t)s-ˈlü-sᵊnt , tranz- \

Definition of translucent 

1 : permitting the passage of light:

a : transmitting and diffusing light so that objects beyond cannot be seen clearly

b : clear, transparent translucent water

2 : free from disguise or falseness his translucent patriotismNewsweek

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translucently adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for translucent

clear, transparent, translucent, limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness. clear water transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly. a transparent sheet of film translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond. translucent frosted glass limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water. her eyes were limpid pools of blue

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Look closely and you will see the same three letters in "translucent" and "elucidate," letting the family relationship between the two words shine through. Both terms descend from the Latin word lucēre, meaning "to shine." ("Translucent" is from "lucēre" plus "trans-," which means "through.") When you "elucidate" something, you make it clear by explaining it in a way that can be easily understood - you "shed light on" it. "Lucēre" is also the root of another bright and shining English word, "lucid," which can mean either "bright with light" or "clear and easy to understand."

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Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg made the official announcement Tuesday that the ballpark would be covered by a translucent glass dome and be built in Tampa's historic Ybor City area. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Rays unveil plans to build smallest stadium in baseball to replace Tropicana Field," 10 July 2018 That Grammys gown, whose kitsch factor overshadowed its irregular seams, translucent material, and ill fit, temporarily seized the attention of both left and right wing media outlets. Elizabeth Raiss,, "Who Is Andre Soriano, The Gay, Immigrant Designer Obsessed With Donald Trump?," 27 June 2018 The design paid homage to the iconic Allianz Arena, home to German Bundesliga soccer powerhouse Bayern Munich, and features a canopy and out-facing facade that can be illuminated with LED lights reflected off translucent material. Patrick Brennan,, "FC Cincinnati reveals training complex plans, stadium details coming Friday," 26 June 2018 Large translucent blocks were scattered about a stage area in the festival’s VIP tent. Christopher Arnott,, "A Mesmerizing 'Merchant Of Venice' As Arts & Ideas Hits Its Stride," 21 June 2018 To those who cover him everyday — those around him, but not close to him — the biggest off-field difference in April's Bryce Harper and June's slumping Bryce Harper are a pair of translucent eyeglasses and a clean-shaven face. Chelsea Janes,, "Nationals GM says Bryce Harper has handled struggles with 'class and dignity'," 20 June 2018 And on Tuesday, her British-looking hat transformation seemed to be complete, as Meghan was spotted at the Royal Ascot in a modern-ish, sculptural black-and-white hat with a translucent trim. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Meghan Markle Wears Her Most British Hat Yet," 19 June 2018 The structure will feature a fixed translucent roof with sliding glass walls that open completely. Jenna West,, "PHOTOS: Tampa Bay Rays Unveil Plans for New Stadium With Roof, Sliding Glass Walls," 10 July 2018 The silhouettes of chefs and scientists flicker through translucent window shades. Janelle Nanos,, "Can Adam Melonas cook up a food revolution from his secretive Fenway lab?," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of translucent

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for translucent

Latin translucent-, translucens, present participle of translucēre to shine through, from trans- + lucēre to shine — more at light

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English Language Learners Definition of translucent

: not completely clear or transparent but clear enough to allow light to pass through


trans·lu·cent | \ trans-ˈlü-sᵊnt \

Kids Definition of translucent

: not transparent but clear enough to allow rays of light to pass through


trans·lu·cent | \ -ᵊnt \

Medical Definition of translucent 

: permitting the passage of light especially : transmitting and diffusing light so that objects beyond cannot be seen clearly

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