Definition of translucent in English:


Line breaks: trans|lu¦cent
Pronunciation: /transˈluːs(ə)nt
, trɑːns-, -nz-/


(Of a substance) allowing light, but not detailed shapes, to pass through; semi-transparent: her beautiful translucent skin
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  • The thick, translucent slices were encased in a light batter that was appropriately oily.
  • Choose a translucent powder to blend with your skin tone and apply with a puff or brush.
  • The adhesive dries to a semi translucent plastic but can be coloured.


late 16th century (in the Latin sense): from Latin translucent- 'shining through', from the verb translucere, from trans- 'through' + lucere 'to shine'.



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  • But, the spreading of colours to get the effect of translucence or transparency should be done before the material absorbs the colour.
  • Different terms applied to opaque and translucent red, and special terms described translucence itself.
  • Legends of the discovery of glass have someone sitting on the sand beside last night's fire picking up a pitted, opaque greyish stone and discovering its hardness and translucence.


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  • This is my usual medium, mainly due to the enjoyment of drawing itself and because of the depths and clarity of tones and translucency achievable with these pencils.
  • This intuitively devised palette has a seductive velvety translucency activated by movements of colour created by gravity's forces.
  • ‘Perfect imperfection’’ is what people are after - the translucency you get from real teeth.


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  • They are both only faintly given flesh; they both float translucently before the discourses from which they arise.
  • She seemed very thin, her skin translucently pale, and her posture in her deep armchair was that of one who could not stand up without aid.
  • A hardbound diary rested on her lap, and she fingered a pen with her long, almost translucently pale fingers.

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