adjective Etymology: Latin translucent-, translucens, present participle of translucēre to shine through, from trans- + lucēre to shine — more at light Date: 1607 1. permitting the passage of light: a. clear, transparent <
translucent water
b. transmitting and diffusing light so that objects beyond cannot be seen clearly 2. free from disguise or falseness <
his translucent patriotism — Newsweek
Synonyms: see cleartranslucently adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(admitting rays of light, but not capable of being distinctly seen through), ,

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  • Translucent — Trans*lu cent, a. [L. translucens, entis, p. pr. of translucere to shine through; trans across, through = lucere to shine. See {Lucid}.] 1. Transmitting rays of light without permitting objects to be distinctly seen; partially transparent. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • translucent — (adj.) 1590s, from L. translucentem (nom. translucens), prp. of translucere to shine through, from trans through (see TRANS (Cf. trans )) + lucere to shine (see LIGHT (Cf. light) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • translucent — lucid, pellucid, diaphanous, limpid, *clear, transparent Analogous words: luminous, radiant, brilliant, effulgent, *bright: iridescent, opalescent, *prismatic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • translucent — see transparent …   Modern English usage

  • translucent — [adj] clear clear cut, crystal, crystalline, diaphanous, glassy, limpid, lucent, lucid, luminous, pellucid, see through, semiopaque, semitransparent, translucid, unblurred; concept 618 Ant. blocked, cloudy, opaque …   New thesaurus

  • translucent — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ allowing light to pass through partially; semi transparent. DERIVATIVES translucence noun translucency noun. ORIGIN from Latin translucere shine through …   English terms dictionary

  • translucent — [translo͞o′sid, tranzlo͞o′sidtrans lo͞o′sənt, tranzlo͞o′sənt] adj. [L translucens, prp. of translucere, to shine through: see TRANS & LIGHT1] 1. Obs. shining through 2. Rare transparent 3. letting light pass but diffusing it so that objects on… …   English World dictionary

  • translucent — [[t]trænzlu͟ːs(ə)nt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If a material is translucent, some light can pass through it. The building is roofed entirely with translucent corrugated plastic. 2) ADJ GRADED You use translucent to describe something that has a glowing… …   English dictionary

  • translucent — translucence, translucency, n. translucently, adv. /trans looh seuhnt, tranz /, adj. 1. permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that persons, objects, etc., on the opposite side are not clearly visible: Frosted window glass is… …   Universalium

  • translucent — trans•lu•cent [[t]trænsˈlu sənt, trænz [/t]] adj. 1) opt permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that objects on the opposite side are not clearly visible: Frosted window glass is translucent[/ex] 2) easily understandable; lucid 3)… …   From formal English to slang

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