- 1(Of a material or article) allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen: transparent blue waterMore example sentences
- Specific wavelengths are absorbed as light passes through a transparent gem or is reflected from the surface of an opaque gem.
- She whipped about, sending black curls dancing, and plastered her body to the thick layer of transparent material behind her.
- They were made of a transparent material that allowed the warriors to see inside.
- 1.1Easy to perceive or detect: the residents will see through any transparent attempt to buy their votes the meaning of the poem is by no means transparentMore example sentences
- Despite his transparent attempt to slip this out unnoticed, he has to explain why he apparently broke the law.
- The entire ad is built around an entirely intentional and fairly transparent attempt to deceive viewers.
- His frantic attempts, transparent and pathetic, to remould himself into something he is not compromised his dignity.
- 1.2Having thoughts, feelings, or motives that are easily perceived: you’d be no good at poker—you’re too transparentMore example sentences
- But it is too pat, and though he may joke about such transparent, easily reduced motivations, he clings too strongly to them.
- It is a broad issue, first of all, about culture, about having an open and transparent culture, and about changing that culture.
- Essentially, the conference founders are perfectly transparent and open about their perspectives, so I have only admiration for them in that regard.
- 1.3(Of an organization or its activities) open to public scrutiny: if you had transparent government procurement, corruption would go awayMore example sentences
- The council had taken a decision on the gas in the best interests of the county and it was done in an open, frank, professional and transparent way.
- However, so long as such activities are open and transparent, they will be subject to public scrutiny.
- If the companies decided that the Government was not playing a fair game with them, and felt that there was no open, fair and transparent procedure, they would go somewhere else, he said.
- 1.4 Physics Transmitting heat or other electromagnetic rays without distortion.More example sentences
- Since the disk is practically not absorbing - that is, transparent for fluorescent radiation - we don't encounter the problem.
- Although the primordial plasma became transparent to photons after the universe cooled, the photons did not travel unhindered afterwards.
- A first planar electrode layer being transparent is disposed on an inner surface of the first substrate.
- 1.5 Computing (Of a process or interface) functioning without the user being aware of its presence.More example sentences
- The process is transparent to the user, who clicks on a link on the host site and is transported to a shopping site bearing the original site's branding.
- To the user this process is transparent, only the CPU knows in what order the instructions were actually executed.
- When the server is configured to handle a page redirection, the process is transparent to the user and causes no problems.
- [as submodifier]: a transparently feeble argumentMore example sentences
- Disputes that do reach the judiciary could be decided more easily and transparently.
- This all seems so transparently obvious that it is strange for us still to be thinking of the poor in Scotland and Wales as a problem to solved by dangling wealth in their city centres.
- The argument is so transparently ridiculous that it's hard to know precisely how to test it.
late Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin transparent- 'shining through', from Latin transparere, from trans- 'through' + parere 'appear'.