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opacity

Line breaks: opa¦city
Pronunciation: /ə(ʊ)ˈpasɪti
 
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Definition of opacity in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The quality of lacking transparency or translucence: thinner paints need black added to increase opacity
More example sentences
  • The skin of his buildings employs a full palette of optical effects - transparency, translucency, opacity and reflectivity - in a way that seems subtly integrated with the city's structure.
  • Speakers at the seminar said increase in lens opacity might lead to blurred vision, sensitivity to light or glare, nearsightedness and distorted images.
  • Within these dense geometries, he achieved virtuosic manipulations of optically mixed color, conjuring intriguing tensions between effects of transparency and opacity, flatness and volume.
Synonyms
1.1The quality of being obscure in meaning: the difficulty and opacity in Barthes' texts
More example sentences
  • This is no easy feat, given the difficulty and opacity of Howe's poetry, and Back begins her introduction by addressing this very issue.
  • To Hamann, it was obvious that the Age of Reason - which, to his mind, was an age of deepest darkness - required a prose of almost insoluble opacity.
  • One indirect effect of this information opacity: spotting price anomalies is difficult at best.
Synonyms

Origin

mid 16th century: from French opacité, from Latin opacitas, from opacus 'darkened'.

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