Definition of opaque in English:


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Pronunciation: /ə(ʊ)ˈpeɪk

adjective (opaquer, opaquest)


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  • 1An opaque thing.
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    • To be honest, it's a relief when summer is over and we can get back into good old black opaques, which cover a multitude of shortcomings.
    • And to think that we used to spend the dark winter months hibernating our legs away in a cocoon of black opaques!
    • A clear liquid that instantly and permanently repairs sheer hosiery, pantyhose, tights, opaques, knee-highs, and socks, it's much more efficient than the old nail-polish fix your mom taught you.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Photography A substance for producing opaque areas on negatives.



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  • A critical aspect in the genderedness of CGI technology is the nature of the language that opaquely shapes technology: programming languages.
  • The days when the markets automatically awarded premiums to politically connected but opaquely run family and state-controlled conglomerates are ending.
  • They favour tiny miniskirts and opaquely opalescent tights, and have the ice-eyed look of Natashas and Laras who might at the drop of a dollar give a man more trouble than he could conceivably imagine.


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  • The universe is complicated enough without our creating even more, and unnecessary, obscurity, obscurantism, and opaqueness, and please, do not confuse relativism with relativity.
  • Gather a group of horse-dealers at an auction and you would be disappointed if there were not some complexity and opaqueness.
  • What followed adds to the complexity and opaqueness of the overall picture.


late Middle English opake, from Latin opacus 'darkened'. The current spelling (rare before the 19th century) has been influenced by the French form.

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