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transparent

adjective

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1 easily seen through
  • bottles of blue transparent glass

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2 not subject to misinterpretation or more than one interpretation
  • his meaning in leaving the conversation is transparent: he doesn't want to talk about his combat experiences

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3 very thin and easy to see through
  • flowy summer dresses made partly of chiffon or other transparent fabrics

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How does the adjective transparent contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of transparent are clear, limpid, and translucent. While all these words mean "capable of being seen through," transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly.

a transparent sheet of film

When is it sensible to use clear instead of transparent?

The words clear and transparent can be used in similar contexts, but clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness.

clear water

When can limpid be used instead of transparent?

The words limpid and transparent are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water.

her eyes were limpid pools of blue

Where would translucent be a reasonable alternative to transparent?

The meanings of translucent and transparent largely overlap; however, translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond.

translucent frosted glass

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The first known use of transparent was in the 15th century

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“Transparent.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/transparent. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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