translucent

adjective trans·lu·cent \ -sᵊnt \

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 patriotism
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translucently

adverb

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Did You Know?

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."

Origin and Etymology of translucent

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

TRANSLUCENT Defined for English Language Learners

translucent

adjective

Definition of translucent for English Language Learners

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


TRANSLUCENT Defined for Kids

translucent

adjective trans·lu·cent \ trans-ˈlü-sᵊnt \

Definition of translucent for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

translucent

adjective 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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