transparent[trans per′ənt, -par′-]
- The definition of transparent is something clear, see through or obvious.
- An example of transparent is a window.
- An example of transparent is pantyhose.
- An example of transparent is when two children are found with chocolate on their lips after a candy bar has disappeared from the kitchen counter.
This window is transparent.
- transmitting light rays so that objects on the other side may be distinctly seen; capable of being seen through; neither opaque nor translucent
- so fine in texture or open in mesh that objects on the other side may be seen relatively clearly; sheer; gauzy; diaphanous
- easily understood; very clear
- easily recognized or detected; obvious
- without guile or concealment; open; frank; candid
Origin of transparentMiddle English transparaunt ; from Medieval Latin transparens, present participle of transparere, to be transparent ; from Classical Latin trans-, trans- + parens, present participle of parere, to appear
- Capable of transmitting light so that objects or images can be seen as if there were no intervening material. See Synonyms at clear.
- Permeable to electromagnetic radiation of specified frequencies, as to visible light or radio waves.
- So fine in texture that it can be seen through; sheer.
- a. Easily seen through or detected; obvious: transparent lies.b. Free from guile; candid or open: transparent sincerity.c. Open to public scrutiny; not hidden or proprietary: transparent financial records.
- Obsolete Shining through; luminous.
Origin of transparentMiddle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin trānspārēns, trānspārent-, present participle of trānspārēre, to show through : Latin trāns-, trans- + Latin pārēre, to show.
(comparative more transparent, superlative most transparent)
- (of a material or object) See-through, clear; having the property that light passes through it almost undisturbed, such that one can see through it clearly.
- The waters of the lake were transparent until the factory dumped wastes there.
- (of a system or organization) Open, public; having the property that theories and practices are publicly visible, thereby reducing the chance of corruption.
- Obvious; readily apparent; easy to see or understand.
- His reasons for the decision were transparent.
- (see-through, clear): The term translucent is similar in meaning, but describes a material or object that diffuses light as it passes through. Looking through a transparent substance (such as a window), one can recognize objects on the other side. Looking through a translucent substance (such as frosted glass), one cannot see objects clearly, only light and shadow.
From Medieval Latin transpārentis (genitive singular of transpārens, present participle of transpāreō)
transparent - Computer Definition
Something easily seen through and even invisible, in some cases. A DSL modem and the functions it performs, for example, are transparent to an end user.
(1) A change in hardware or software that, after installation, causes no noticeable change in operation. Also known as "feature transparency." Contrast with "seamless integration," which means that an additional component to the system can be added without incurring any problems.
(2) A part of an image or application window that takes on the color of whatever is beneath such as the desktop background. See transparency.