translucent

[trans-loo-suhnt, tranz-]
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

translucence, translucency, noun
translucently, adverb
subtranslucence, noun
subtranslucency, noun
subtranslucent, adjective

translucent, transparent (see synonym study at transparent).


1. See transparent.


1. opaque.
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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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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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translucent   (trāns-l'sənt)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences for translucency
Affected enamel has a different translucency than the rest of the tooth.
It is characterised by high whiteness, translucency and strength.
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