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opaque

[oh-peyk] /oʊˈpeɪk/
adjective
1.
not transparent or translucent; impenetrable to light; not allowing light to pass through.
2.
not transmitting radiation, sound, heat, etc.
3.
not shining or bright; dark; dull.
4.
hard to understand; not clear or lucid; obscure:
The problem remains opaque despite explanations.
5.
dull, stupid, or unintelligent.
noun
6.
something that is opaque.
7.
Photography. a coloring matter, usually black or red, used to render part of a negative opaque.
verb (used with object), opaqued, opaquing.
8.
Photography. to cover up blemishes on (a negative), especially for making a printing plate.
9.
to cause to become opaque.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English opake < Latin opācus shaded
Related forms
opaquely, adverb
opaqueness, noun
subopaque, adjective
subopaquely, adverb
subopaqueness, noun
Synonyms
1. murky, cloudy, muddy.
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  • It was the smell of opaqueness and clarity mixed together, light and dark folded into each other.
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  • The opposite of opaqueness is the rule in industries where consumers pay for products and services directly.
  • Still, some viewers are confused by the film's veering into opaqueness toward the end.
  • The degree of opaqueness change within the polymer is dependent on the total absorbed dose.
  • Also, the opaqueness of the plastic coating shall not interfere with visual inspection.
  • Often some opaqueness was apparent to the eye before the annual cycle was complete on the margin.
  • These techniques were limited by the relatively shallow depths then attainable by humans and the relative opaqueness of the sea.
  • The thickness or opaqueness of water caused by the suspension of matter.
  • The perceived opaqueness of financial reporting drives up the equity premium investors demand.
British Dictionary definitions for opaqueness

opaque

/əʊˈpeɪk/
adjective
1.
not transmitting light; not transparent or translucent
2.
not reflecting light; lacking lustre or shine; dull
3.
not transmitting radiant energy, such as electromagnetic or corpuscular radiation, or sound
4.
hard to understand; unintelligible
5.
unintelligent; dense
noun
6.
(photog) an opaque pigment used to block out particular areas on a negative
verb (transitive) opaques, opaquing, opaqued
7.
to make opaque
8.
(photog) to block out particular areas, such as blemishes, on (a negative), using an opaque
Derived Forms
opaquely, adverb
opaqueness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin opācus shady
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Word Origin and History for opaqueness

opaque

adj.

early 15c., opake, from Latin opacus "shaded, in the shade, shady, dark, darkened, obscure," of unknown origin. Spelling influenced after c.1650 by French opaque (c.1500), from the Latin. Figurative use from 1761. Related: Opaquely; opaqueness.

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opaqueness in Medicine

opaque o·paque (ō-pāk')
adj.
Impenetrable by light; neither transparent nor translucent.

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opaqueness in Science
opaque
  (ō-pāk')   
Resistant to the transmission of certain kinds of radiation, usually light. Metals and many minerals are opaque to light, while being transparent to radio waves and neutrinos. Compare translucent, transparent.

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