Definition of transparent in English:


Syllabification: trans·par·ent
Pronunciation: /tranˈspe(ə)rənt, -ˈspar-


  • 1(Of a material or article) allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen: transparent blue water
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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.
  • 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 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.
  • 1.2Having thoughts, feelings, or motives that are easily perceived: 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.
  • 1.3(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.
  • 1.4 Physics Transmitting heat or other electromagnetic rays without distortion.
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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.
  • 1.5 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.



[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.


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

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