from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The characteristic of being opaque.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being impervious to light; opacity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The property of being opaque or impervious to light; opacity.

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

  • n. incomprehensibility resulting from obscurity of meaning
  • n. the quality of being opaque to a degree; the degree to which something reduces the passage of light


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • You're right to wonder whether her opaqueness is an actress's choice or part of the character.

    All the Mad Men and all the Mad Women are having epiphanies

  • Overpricing depressed assets may make bank bosses happy, but not investors or a former SEC Chairman, Arthur Levitt, who was "very disappointed" and called the FASB decision "a step toward the kind of opaqueness that created the economic problems that we're enduring today."

    Where were the giant accounting firms?

  • "We are still living in this kind of opaqueness that should worry us all," the head of the biggest U.S. chemical maker said in a July 16 interview in New York. --

  • Audio only with one program - asoundrc's "opaqueness" Ok, I can only get sound with one program at a time.

  • Admiral Mullen says the freeze contributes to what he called the "opaqueness" of China's military development and intentions, which he said makes him worry. : Total

  • The director's hallucinatory America stresses 'opaqueness' by way of visual choices that privilege a 'looking through glass' as well as hazy mirror images.


  • Even had they been able to target fiscal concessions at potentially separatist republics, the opaqueness of Soviet economic relations meant such gestures might not have had the desired psychological effect.

    The Return

  • Consumer Watchdog has for years both tried to curb the opaqueness of the volatile speculative market for oil and to regulate supplies at gasoline refineries because oil companies game both systems, creating artificial shortages in the markets to jack up prices or exploiting historical events to justify obscene profits.

    Jamie Court: Speculators & Oil Companies Are to Blame for Gas Prices, Not the Middle East

  • The legislature has a serious trust problem with the people of California and part of the reason is the stranglehold that special interests seem to have on getting special legislation passed, as well as the opaqueness of backdoor deals that seem to permeate Sacramento.

    John Mirisch: The Farmers Field Saga: Hide and CEQA

  • "We have a tremendous amount of opaqueness," Mr. Schork added.

    European Oil Falls on Libya Tumult; U.S Prices Rise


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