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
Recent Examples on the Web But because no fiber is perfectly transparent, some tiny amount of light will always scatter, bouncing back toward shore off microscopic flaws in the glass. Wired, "Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables," 28 Nov. 2019 For her final outfit change, Gomez slipped into a floor-length gown composed of ornamental straps, yellow satin, and transparent green lace. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yes, Selena Gomez Really Did Wear Four Different Outfits at the AMAs," 25 Nov. 2019 Google’s work with IRI is the latest evidence of escalation in a feud between a group of activist workers at Google and management that has tested the limits of the company’s traditionally transparent, worker-friendly culture. New York Times, "Google Hires Firm Known for Anti-Union Efforts," 20 Nov. 2019 This would push proxy firms to be more transparent, especially about possible conflicts of interest, but without burdening them with costly new regulations and reporting requirements. The Economist, "Proxy advisers come under fire," 14 Nov. 2019 Upon irrigating her eye, the patient ended up removing two transparent, moving roundworms. Maggie O'neill,, "A Second Case of ‘Cattle Eye Worm’ Has Been Reported in the US. Here’s What That Means," 7 Nov. 2019 One step forward The new digital endpoints library provides a transparent, accountable sharing of efforts from industry. Rachel A. Chasse, STAT, "Digital endpoints library can aid clinical trials for new medicines," 6 Nov. 2019 Both prior impeachment efforts were transparent, not just because key congressmen such as Peter Rodino and Newt Gingrich followed protocols, but also because both impeachments were built on damning cases from the work of special counsels. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Anatomy of 2020: Weighing Issues, Candidates, and the State of Our Union," 29 Oct. 2019 Write a short email and be completely transparent, neutral and nonjudgmental about the entire transaction. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Online addict worries about relationship," 23 Oct. 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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2 Dec 2019

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“Transparent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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How to pronounce transparent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of transparent

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


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


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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