- The definition of opaque is not capable of having light pass through or hard to understand.
- An example of opaque is the quality of a black sheet of paper.
- An example of opaque is the study of astrophysics.
This black sheet of paper is opaque.
- not letting light pass through; not transparent or translucent
- not reflecting light; not shining or lustrous; dull or dark
- not allowing electricity, heat, etc. to pass through
- hard to understand; obscure
- slow in understanding; obtuse
Origin of opaqueMiddle English opake ; from Classical Latin opacus, shady
- anything opaque
- Photog. an opaque liquid used in blocking out parts of a negative
- a. Impenetrable by light; neither transparent nor translucent.b. Not reflecting light; having no luster: an opaque finish.
- Impenetrable by a form of radiant energy other than visible light: a chemical solution opaque to x-rays.
- a. So obscure as to be unintelligible: “opaque, elusive, minimal meanings” (John Simon).b. Mentally obtuse; dense.
Origin of opaqueMiddle English opake, shady, and French opaque, opaque (from Old French, shady), both from Latin opācus.
(comparative more opaque, superlative most opaque)
- Neither reflecting nor emitting light.
- Allowing little light to pass through, not translucent or transparent.
- (figuratively) Unclear, unintelligible, hard to get or explain the meaning of
- (figuratively) Obtuse, stupid.
- (computing) Describes a type for which higher-level callers have no knowledge of data values or their representations; all operations are carried out by the type's defined abstract operators.
- The comparative opaquer and superlative opaquest, though formed following valid rules for English, are much less common than more opaque and most opaque and seem to occur more frequently in poetry.
- Something which is opaque rather than translucent.
(third-person singular simple present opaques, present participle opaquing, simple past and past participle opaqued)
- To make, render (more) opaque.