Transparent definition

trăns-pârənt, -păr-
Transmitting light rays so that objects on the other side may be distinctly seen; capable of being seen through; neither opaque nor translucent.
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Permeable to electromagnetic radiation of specified frequencies, as to visible light or radio waves.
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(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.
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Easily understood; very clear.
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So fine in texture or open in mesh that objects on the other side may be seen relatively clearly; sheer; gauzy; diaphanous.
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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.

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Easily recognized or detected; obvious.
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Allowing radiation or matter to pass through with little or no resistance or diffusion.
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(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.

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(of a system or organization) Open, public; having the property that theories and practices are publicly visible, thereby reducing the chance of corruption.
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Obvious; readily apparent; easy to see or understand.

His reasons for the decision were transparent.

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Without guile or concealment; open; frank; candid; specif., open to observation, public scrutiny, etc.

A transparent investigation into county corruption.

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So fine in texture that it can be seen through; sheer.
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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.
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Capable of transmitting light so that objects or images can be seen as if there were no intervening material.
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(obsolete) Shining through; luminous.
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Easily seen through or detected; obvious.

Transparent lies.

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Free from guile; candid or open.

Transparent sincerity.

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Open to public scrutiny; not hidden or proprietary.

Transparent financial records.

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Origin of transparent

  • Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin trānspārēns trānspārent- present participle of trānspārēre to show through Latin trāns- trans- Latin pārēre to show

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

  • From Medieval Latin transpārentis (genitive singular of transpārens, present participle of transpāreō)

    From Wiktionary