translucent

[trans-loo-suh nt, tranz-] /trænsˈlu sənt, trænz-/
adjective
1.
permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that persons, objects, etc., on the opposite side are not clearly visible:
"Frosted window glass is translucent but not transparent."
2.
easily understandable; lucid:
"a translucent explication."
3.
clear; transparent:
"translucent seawater."
Origin
1590–1600; < Latin trānslūcent- (stem of trānslūcēns), present participle of trānslūcere to shine through. See trans-, lucent
Related forms
translucence, translucency, noun
translucently, adverb
subtranslucence, noun
subtranslucency, noun
subtranslucent, adjective
Can be confused
translucent, transparent (see synonym study at transparent)
Synonyms
1. See transparent.
Antonyms
1. opaque.
Example Sentences for translucence
The translucence doesn't harm the goldfish or shorten its life span, he added.
The translucence of the paint film allows for sophisticated ranges of flesh tones.
As she thinned and fined, her skin glowed with the translucence of a wax candle.
Most of these cases have livers and spleens with a tan-to-green translucence due to amyloid deposits.
British Dictionary definitions for translucence
translucent (trænzˈluːsənt)
 
adj
allowing light to pass through partially or diffusely; semitransparent
 
[C16: from Latin translūcēre to shine through, from trans- + lūcēre to shine]
 
trans'lucence
 
n
 
trans'lucency
 
n
 
trans'lucently
 
adv

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Word Origin and History for translucence
translucent
1596, from L. translucentem (nom. translucens), prp. of translucere "to shine through," from trans- "through" + lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)).
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translucence in Science
translucent
  (trāns-l'sənt)   
Allowing radiation (most commonly light) to pass through, but causing diffusion. Frosted glass, for example, is translucent to visible light. Compare transparent.
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