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[trans-pair-uh n-see, -par-] /trænsˈpɛər ən si, -ˈpær-/
noun, plural transparencies.
Also, transparence. the quality or state of being transparent.
something transparent, especially a picture, design, or the like on glass or some translucent substance, made visible by light shining through from behind.
  1. the proportion of the light that is passed through the emulsion on an area of a photographic image.
  2. a photographic print on a clear base for viewing by transmitted light.
Origin of transparency
1585-95; < Medieval Latin trānspārentia. See transparent, -ency
Related forms
nontransparence, noun
nontransparency, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for transparency
  • Opacity was understood as the ally of corruption, transparency the enemy.
  • Have each group place one transparency map atop the other and then put a blank transparency sheet over those two.
  • Yet a functioning democracy demands maximum accountability and transparency.
  • But the real push for transparency has come from the scandals that often breed in opaque government.
  • We remain committed to constant improvement and transparency in the service of sound, respectful science.
  • transparency is a particular responsibility of administrators.
  • Have the group locate and label their cities on the transparency.
  • But this lack of transparency can breed mistrust-or worse.
  • transparency is the watchword in the world of charities.
  • List them on the board or on an overhead transparency.
British Dictionary definitions for transparency


/trænsˈpærənsɪ; -ˈpɛər-/
noun (pl) -cies
Also called transparence. the state of being transparent
Also called slide. a positive photograph on a transparent base, usually mounted in a frame or between glass plates. It can be viewed by means of a slide projector
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Word Origin and History for transparency

1610s, "condition of being transparent," from Medieval Latin transparentia, from transparentem (see transparent). Meaning "that which is transparent" is from 1590s; of pictures, prints, etc., from 1785; in photography from 1866.

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