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transparent Line breaks: trans|par¦ent
Pronunciation: /tranˈspar(ə)nt/
/trɑːn-/ /-ˈspɛː-/

Definition of transparent in English:


1(Of a material or article) allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen: transparent blue water fine transparent fabrics
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  • 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.
2Easy 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 transparent
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  • 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.
2.1Having thoughts or feelings that are easily perceived; open: you’d be no good at poker—you’re too transparent
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  • 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.
2.2(Of an organization or its activities) open to public scrutiny: if you had transparent government procurement, corruption would go away
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  • 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.
3 Computing (Of a process or interface) functioning without the user being aware of its presence.
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  • 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.
4 Physics Transmitting heat or other radiation without distortion: CFCs and water vapour are virtually transparent to incoming short-wave solar radiation
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  • 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.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin transparent- 'shining through', from Latin transparere, from trans- 'through' + parere 'appear'.



Pronunciation: /transˈparəntli/
[as submodifier]: a transparently feeble argument
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  • 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.

Words that rhyme with transparent

apparent, arrant

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