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

Other Words from transparent

transparently adverb
transparentness noun

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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 Still, Richard Marles, Australia’s defense minister, said on Tuesday that the growth of China’s military in recent years hasn’t been transparent and isn’t reassuring to its neighbors. Mike Cherney, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 While the only color options are blue or orange, the boats are transparent, which exposes the LED lights inside of them. Douglas Helm, Popular Mechanics, 3 Aug. 2022 The tops are transparent and contain LEDs and a touch sensor. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 29 July 2022 In a lengthy briefing with reporters, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said repeatedly that the White House had been as transparent as possible about the president’s health. Will Weissert,, 22 July 2022 Skipping the aging process is also why blancos are transparent (as is mezcal) and have a sharp bite that some people find off-putting. Oj Lima, Bon Appétit, 22 July 2022 The Future Forum’s research also shows that employees whose managers don’t approach uncertainty this way, or who don't feel like their leaders are being transparent, are four times more likely to look for a new opportunity over the next year. Lydia Belanger, Fortune, 21 July 2022 Assemble a transparent and accountable senior management team. Kelly Manthey, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Benefactors like Zuckerberg have agendas of their own, and groups that benefit from their donations should also be transparent and accountable. Nick Tabor, The New Republic, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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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