Meaning of TRANSPARENT in English


-nt adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin transparent-, transparens, present participle of transparēre to show through, from Latin trans- + parēre to be visible, appear, show — more at appear


a. : having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are entirely visible : pellucid

this plastic is more transparent than even high-quality plate glass — Harland Manchester

the transparent or hazy air — Mary Webb

— opposed to opaque and usually distinguished from translucent

b. : so loose or open in texture as to admit the passage of light : sheer , diaphanous

transparent velvet

a transparent yoke

c. : translucent

transparent soap

his transparent womanly hands — J.R.Green


a. : free from pretense or deceit : open , frank , guileless

a man of such transparent sincerity that he is incapable of presenting a ghost-written speech — New York Times

the most important quality in a teacher … is genuine and transparent truthfulness — C.W.Eliot

the child's transparent countenance

b. : easily detected or seen through : obvious

embarked on an elaborate fraud transparent to the world — Otis Ferguson

his writings … are so flat, so transparent , so palpably taken from the nearest authorities — H.O.Taylor

the man's transparent fear of discovery — Luke Short

c. : readily understood : perspicuous , clear

a style of transparent clarity that needs no artifices to make it vivid — C.H.Dreier

that part of the chamber music which becomes transparent only after study or explication — Robert Evett

the art … so transparent in all of its effects that the need is seldom felt to analyze — Philip Rahv

3. : pervious to any specified form of radiation (as X rays or ultraviolet light)

Synonyms: see clear

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.