Definition of transparent in English:


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


  • 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.



[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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