from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or state of being transparent.
  • noun A transparent object, especially a photographic slide that is viewed by light shining through it from behind or by projection.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The property or state of being transparent; that state or property of a body by which it admits of the passage of: rays of light so that forms, colors, and brightness of objects can be seen through it; diaphaneity.
  • noun Something intended to be seen by means of transmitted light, as a picture, a sign, or other representation; often, an announcement of news, painted on canvas or other translucent material and lighted from behind; hence, by extension, a frame or construction, usually of wood and muslin, containing the lights necessary, and having one, two, or four inscriptions, or the like, on different sides.
  • noun In photography, a positive picture on glass, intended to be viewed by transmitted light.
  • noun A translation of the German title Durchlaucht (Seine Durchlaucht, literally ‘His Perlustriousness,’ used like the English His Serene Highness).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or condition of being transparent; transparence.
  • noun That which is transparent; especially, a picture painted on thin cloth or glass, or impressed on porcelain, or the like, to be viewed by natural or artificial light, which shines through it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable a transparent object.
  • noun countable specifically, a transparent material with an image on it, that is viewable by shining light through it.
  • noun figuratively openness, degree of accessibility to view
  • noun uncountable the quality of being transparent; transparence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
  • noun the quality of being clear and transparent
  • noun permitting the free passage of electromagnetic radiation


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