transparent

adjective
trans·​par·​ent | \ tran(t)s-ˈper-ənt How to pronounce transparent (audio) \

Definition of transparent

1a(1) : having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly : pellucid
(2) : allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (such as X-rays or ultraviolet light)
b : fine or sheer enough to be seen through : diaphanous
2a : free from pretense or deceit : frank
b : easily detected or seen through : obvious
c : readily understood
d : characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices

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Other Words from transparent

transparently adverb
transparentness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for transparent

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

Examples of transparent in a Sentence

bottles of blue transparent glass his meaning in leaving the conversation is transparent: he doesn't want to talk about his combat experiences

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Clownfish embryos typically hatch after dusk in order to avoid daytime predators; Dengler of Discover further notes that newborn larvae are extremely small and transparent, rendering them all but invisible to nocturnal predators. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Thanks to Light Pollution, We’re Losing Nemo," 11 July 2019 Bubble Huts The transparent bubbles, made of heavy-gauge PVC material, have a zipper along the base so that beds and other furnishings can be placed inside before they are inflated. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Pop-Up Tents No S’more: Glamping Is the New Backyard Camping," 11 July 2019 The linguistic antics that have long dazzled Whitehead’s readers have been set aside here for a style that feels restrained and transparent. Ron Charles, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Nickel Boys’: Colson Whitehead considers harsh reality of American experiment in follow-up to ‘The Underground Railroad’," 11 July 2019 Millennial magician Li Yunfei posted a video of the trick on YouTube last December, using two transparent bowls to show there is no teleporting, only nimble handiwork. Eduardo Baptista, CNN, "The traditional Chinese magicians calling for greater censorship of their ancient tricks," 11 July 2019 The team focused on zebrafish that were just two weeks old, because the fish are transparent at this age. National Geographic, "These slumbering fish may offer clues to the origins of sleep," 10 July 2019 The linguistic antics that have long dazzled Whitehead's readers have been set aside here for a style that feels restrained and transparent. Ron Charles, Dallas News, "In Colson Whitehead's 'The Nickel Boys,' an idealistic black teen learns a harsh reality," 9 July 2019 Instead, participatory councils are a standard component of clean democratic governance, much like having transparent accounting practices or disseminating data on policy performance. Lindsay Mayka, Vox, "Brazil’s Supreme Court pushed back against an attempt to cancel participatory councils," 8 July 2019 This is an organization known for playing things close to the vest, but the direction Oklahoma City is heading right now is nothing if not transparent. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Paul George and Russell Westbrook Trades Could Create the Perfect Thunder Rebuild," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of transparent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for transparent

Middle English, from Medieval Latin transparent-, transparens, present participle of transparēre to show through, from Latin trans- + parēre to show oneself

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transparent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of transparent

: able to be seen through
: easy to notice or understand
: honest and open : not secretive

transparent

adjective
trans·​par·​ent | \ trans-ˈper-ənt How to pronounce transparent (audio) \

Kids Definition of transparent

1 : clear enough or thin enough to be seen through
2 : easily detected a transparent lie

Other Words from transparent

transparently adverb

transparent

adjective
trans·​par·​ent | \ -ənt How to pronounce transparent (audio) \

Medical Definition of transparent

1 : having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly
2 : allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (as X-rays or ultraviolet light)

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