transparent

[trans-pair-uhnt, -par-]
adjective
1.
having the property of transmitting rays of light through its substance so that bodies situated beyond or behind can be distinctly seen.
2.
admitting the passage of light through interstices.
3.
so sheer as to permit light to pass through; diaphanous.
4.
easily seen through, recognized, or detected: transparent excuses.
5.
manifest; obvious: a story with a transparent plot.
6.
open; frank; candid: the man's transparent earnestness.
7.
Computers. (of a process or software) operating in such a way as to not be perceived by users.
8.
Obsolete. shining through, as light.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin trānspārent- (stem of trānspārēns) showing through (present participle of trānspārēre), equivalent to Latin trāns- trans- + pārent- (stem of pārēns), present participle of pārēre to appear; see apparent

transparently, adverb
transparentness, noun
nontransparent, adjective
nontransparently, adverb
nontransparentness, noun
subtransparent, adjective
subtransparently, adverb
subtransparentness, noun
untransparent, adjective
untransparently, adverb
untransparentness, noun

translucent, transparent (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. clear, pellucid, limpid, crystalline. T ransparent , translucent agree in describing material that light rays can pass through. That which is transparent allows objects to be seen clearly through it: Clear water is transparent. That which is translucent allows light to pass through, diffusing it, however, so that objects beyond are not distinctly seen: Ground glass is translucent.


1. opaque. 6. secretive.
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transparent (trænsˈpærənt, -ˈpɛər-)
 
adj
1.  permitting the uninterrupted passage of light; clear: a window is transparent
2.  easy to see through, understand, or recognize; obvious
3.  (of a substance or object) permitting the free passage of electromagnetic radiation: a substance that is transparent to X-rays
4.  candid, open, or frank
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin transpārēre to show through, from Latin trans- + pārēre to appear]
 
trans'parently
 
adv
 
trans'parentness
 
n

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transparent
1413, from M.L. transparentem (nom. transparens), prp. of transparere "show light through," from L. trans- "through" + parere "come in sight, appear." Figurative sense of "easily seen through" is first attested 1592. The attempt to back-form a verb transpare (1604) died with the 17c.
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transparent  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (trāns-pâr'ənt)  Pronunciation Key 
Allowing radiation or matter to pass through with little or no resistance or diffusion. Compare opaque, translucent. See Note at glass.

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transparent definition


1. Not visible, hidden; said of a system which functions in a manner not evident to the user. For example, the Domain Name System transparently resolves a fully qualified domain name into an IP address without the user being aware of it.
Compare this to what Donald Norman (http://atg.apple.com/Norman/) calls "invisibility", which he illustrates from the user's point of view:
"You use computers when you use many modern automobiles, microwave ovens, games, CD players and calculators. You don't notice the computer because you think of yourself as doing the task, not as using the computer." ["The Design of Everyday Things", New York, Doubleday, 1989, p. 185].
2. Fully defined, known, predictable; said of a sub-system in which matters generally subject to volition or stochastic state change have been chosen, measured, or determined by the environment. Thus for transparent systems, output is a known function of the inputs, and users can both predict the behaviour and depend upon it.
(1996-06-04)
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Example sentences
It is transparent, with no obvious colours except for some small brownish spots.
As butter starts to sizzle, add onion and cook until transparent.
There was ivory in it, and some transparent crystalline substance.
Archer continued to stare through her as though she had been transparent.
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