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adjective trans·par·ent \tran(t)s-ˈper-ənt\

Definition of transparent

  1. 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

  2. 2a :  free from pretense or deceit :  frankb :  easily detected or seen through :  obviousc :  readily understoodd :  characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices

transparently

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transparentness

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Examples of transparent in a Sentence

  1. bottles of blue transparent glass

  2. his meaning in leaving the conversation is transparent: he doesn't want to talk about his combat experiences

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Origin and Etymology of transparent

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

TRANSPARENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of transparent for English Language Learners

  • : able to be seen through

  • : easy to notice or understand

  • : honest and open : not secretive


TRANSPARENT Defined for Kids

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adjective trans·par·ent \trans-ˈper-ənt\

Definition of transparent for Students

  1. 1 :  clear enough or thin enough to be seen through

  2. 2 :  easily detected a transparent lie

transparently

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Medical Dictionary

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adjective trans·par·ent \-ənt\

Medical Definition of transparent

  1. 1:  having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly

  2. 2:  allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (as X-rays or ultraviolet light)



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