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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
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.
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Examples for translucency
  • Affected enamel has a different translucency than the rest of the tooth.
  • It is characterised by high whiteness, translucency and strength.
British Dictionary definitions for translucency

translucent

/trænzˈluːsənt/
adjective
1.
allowing light to pass through partially or diffusely; semitransparent
Derived Forms
translucence, translucency, noun
translucently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin translūcēre to shine through, from trans- + lūcēre to shine
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Word Origin and History for translucency

translucent

adj.

1590s, from Latin translucentem (nominative translucens), present participle of translucere "to shine through," from trans- "through" (see trans-) + lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)).

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translucency 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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