Translucent definition

trăns-lo͝osənt, trănz-
(rare) Transparent.
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Transmitting light but causing sufficient diffusion to prevent perception of distinct images.
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(obs.) Shining through.
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Easily perceived; lucid; clear.
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Letting light pass but diffusing it so that objects on the other side cannot be clearly distinguished; partially transparent, as frosted glass.
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Allowing radiation (most commonly light) to pass through, but causing diffusion. Frosted glass, for example, is translucent to visible light.
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The definition of translucent is allowing light to pass through but not showing the distinct images on the other side.

An example of translucent is a frosted glass vase.

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Allowing light to pass through, but diffusing it.
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Origin of translucent

  • Latin trānslūcēns trānslūcent- present participle of trānslūcēre to shine through trāns- trans- lūcēre to shine leuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin translucentem, accusative of translucens which is present participle of translucere, trans- "through" and lucere "to shine".

    From Wiktionary