Definition of transparent in English:

transparent

adjective

  • 1(of a material or article) allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen.

    ‘transparent blue water’
    • ‘The transparent glass railing allows guests to see the entire stage.’
    • ‘These fibrils are too small to scatter light, and so the material is virtually transparent.’
    • ‘That sort of element of surprise keeps me intrigued by transparent materials and trickery - how you can fool the eye with light and shadows cast.’
    • ‘The wares were characterized by a brilliant white body and thin transparent glazes.’
    • ‘The little shrunken body had become almost transparent.’
    • ‘They were made of a transparent material that allowed the warriors to see inside.’
    • ‘The projection screen is fabricated of a substantially transparent material, such as glass or plastic.’
    • ‘Then there are the transparent materials which show everything, and I do mean everything.’
    • ‘One advantage of PVC is that, unlike most transparent materials, it is soft.’
    • ‘Glass is not the only transparent material, but it may have been the most important.’
    • ‘They're gloves made of a transparent material.’
    • ‘Specific wavelengths are absorbed as light passes through a transparent gem or is reflected from the surface of an opaque gem.’
    • ‘A mixed media approach was adopted with transparent fabrics and various materials used along side hardware products.’
    • ‘Silicon is naturally transparent to infrared light waves, so photons passing through it usually have no effect.’
    • ‘The composition is effective through the use of converging diagonals and the play of light on the transparent materials.’
    • ‘For the scientists too, the pyramid is a fascinating object of study, especially when made of glass or other transparent material.’
    • ‘She whipped about, sending black curls dancing, and plastered her body to the thick layer of transparent material behind her.’
    • ‘Glass is transparent, it refracts light, it may be coloured and it may be surface decorated by cutting, grinding, sand blasting and painting.’
    • ‘But what makes it even more unique is its transparent fabric, which allows for amazing underwater viewing.’
    • ‘Painted in light, transparent oil paints, they appear to be isolated from their surrounding, often forming a direct relationship with the spectator.’
    see-through, clear, translucent, pellucid, crystal clear, crystalline, limpid, glassy, glass-like, liquid
    filmy, gauzy, fine, sheer, light, lightweight, thin, flimsy, see-through, diaphanous, chiffony, gossamer, delicate
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    1. 1.1 Easy to perceive or detect.
      ‘the residents will see through any transparent attempt to buy their votes’
      ‘the meaning of the poem is by no means transparent’
      • ‘Looks like that last-ditch and blatantly transparent attempt at a smear campaign didn't work at all.’
      • ‘He charged that the government had reversed itself in a transparent attempt to get rid of him.’
      • ‘His frantic attempts, transparent and pathetic, to remould himself into something he is not compromised his dignity.’
      • ‘The Army's inspector general report is a transparent attempt at damage control.’
      • ‘This is a pretty transparent attempt to parrot the administration line that this is nothing more than another beltway tempest in a teapot.’
      • ‘The transparent attempts to come across as wise and selfless only increase my distaste for this woman.’
      • ‘We assumed that he could see right through the fairly transparent seduction attempts that people were laying in front of him practically every five minutes.’
      • ‘Its elections a few months ago were a sham, a transparent attempt to provide a democratic cloak for a body which is anything but democratic.’
      • ‘The entire ad is built around an entirely intentional and fairly transparent attempt to deceive viewers.’
      • ‘This was a transparent attempt to prove his toughness on crime.’
      • ‘They publish and broadcast fluffy, weak, and uncritical stories in a transparent attempt to ingratiate themselves to communities.’
      • ‘It's a fairly transparent attempt by the Prime Minister to avoid scrutiny and further revealing of the truth whilst trying to appear not to be doing so.’
      • ‘Despite his transparent attempt to slip this out unnoticed, he has to explain why he apparently broke the law.’
      • ‘Too few examine the transparent social conditions that conspire to make them the easiest targets for murder.’
      • ‘The deal included modest increases in pension benefits, a transparent attempt to win support from older and higher-seniority longshoremen at the expense of the work force as a whole.’
      • ‘His chances of career survival are made bleaker by his transparent and clumsy attempts to turn himself into the victim.’
      • ‘This was a transparent attempt on her part to increase her equalization payment.’
      • ‘In a transparent attempt to defuse the explosive anger that swept the Arab world, they promised to hold those responsible accountable.’
      • ‘Again, no rational person could view such transparent nonsense as genuine apologies.’
      obvious, explicit, unambiguous, unequivocal, clear, lucid, straightforward, plain, plain as the nose on your face, as plain as the nose on your face, apparent, unmistakable, manifest, conspicuous, patent, indisputable, self-evident
      blatant, flagrant, obvious, patent, manifest, undisguised, unconcealed, barefaced, glaring, shameless, brazen, bold, unmistakable, clear, plain, visible, noticeable, recognizable, distinct, evident, apparent, perceptible, discernible, palpable
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    2. 1.2 Having thoughts, feelings, or motives that are easily perceived.
      ‘you'd be no good at poker—you're too transparent’
      • ‘We want to be open and transparent about everything.’
      • ‘But it is too pat, and though he may joke about such transparent, easily reduced motivations, he clings too strongly to them.’
      • ‘It is a broad issue, first of all, about culture, about having an open and transparent culture, and about changing that culture.’
      • ‘Essentially, the conference founders are perfectly transparent and open about their perspectives, so I have only admiration for them in that regard.’
      • ‘They urged the government to properly consider public emotions over this high-attention case, and they said that the best strategy is to be open and transparent.’
      • ‘His observations underscored my basic conviction that broad-based prosperity is only created in an open, transparent society where things are done according to the rule of law.’
      • ‘‘The bilateral interactions and exchanges between the two countries have been sound, open and transparent,’ he said.’
      • ‘Of course we understand that, by reason of its stewardship of the nation's security, the MoD cannot always be as open and transparent in its dealings as other government departments.’
      • ‘It is genuinely open, transparent and accessible.’
      • ‘We need to release our fears, to be open and transparent.’
      • ‘Some of it is due to the fact that we have more open and transparent societies and thus discovery of abuses is easier.’
      • ‘You decided to become transparent, Western, open, et cetera.’
      • ‘Now I don't think anything can be more open, transparent and reasonable’
      • ‘It has not been as transparent and as open as promised.’
      • ‘It is very open and transparent and we are held up in Europe as an example of good practice.’
      • ‘If the government wants to introduce identity cards let it be through open and transparent discussion and ultimately through the ballot box.’
      • ‘‘In terms of being open, democratic or transparent, it has totally failed in that regard,’ he said.’
      • ‘Well, I've made my point of view very clear, very open, very transparent and on the record and now it is up to him to answer those questions.’
    3. 1.3 (of an organization or its activities) open to public scrutiny.
      ‘if you had transparent government procurement, corruption would go away’
      • ‘The process by which products are selected needs to be open and transparent, not carried out behind closed doors.’
      • ‘In a transparent organization, the right vendor can reach the right person.’
      • ‘Although there are good reasons for that protection, it needs to be properly balanced with a transparent process for public complaint.’
      • ‘They received public money yet failed to be accountable or transparent for their activities.’
      • ‘But unless I'm mistaken, the invitation itself wasn't made as a result of a transparent process, with public comments.’
      • ‘I submit that they have never demonstrated the existence of such a machine in an open and transparent way.’
      • ‘However, so long as such activities are open and transparent, they will be subject to public scrutiny.’
      • ‘The best candidate won in a fully transparent procedure, she said.’
      • ‘States should also take steps to ensure that any deprivation of life is fully investigated in an open and transparent way.’
      • ‘Have exhaustive hearings and do all of that so it's open and transparent, and everybody can participate in it.’
      • ‘The council had taken a decision on the gas in the best interests of the county and it was done in an open, frank, professional and transparent way.’
      • ‘If the companies decided that the Government was not playing a fair game with them, and felt that there was no open, fair and transparent procedure, they would go somewhere else, he said.’
      • ‘‘I am satisfied because the winner was chosen in a completely open and transparent procedure,’ he said.’
      • ‘It will be done in a competitive and transparent way.’
      • ‘The rules provide a framework for public competition; ensuring commercial leasing is a fair, open, impartial and transparent process.’
      • ‘I believe that gives the public some certainty that this is an open, transparent process.’
      • ‘The auto makers complain your organization isn't transparent.’
      • ‘Indeed, public auctions of the items would be the fairest and most transparent manner to sell the goods.’
      • ‘But that role in turn has to be carried out in a fully accountable and transparent way.’
      frank, open, candid, honest, direct, forthright, unreserved, plain-spoken, straight, straightforward, ingenuous, innocent, guileless, simple, artless
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    4. 1.4Physics Transmitting heat or other electromagnetic rays without distortion.
      • ‘The tracers do not influence the stream, they drift together with the flow, but the tracers are not transparent for irradiation.’
      • ‘A first planar electrode layer being transparent is disposed on an inner surface of the first substrate.’
      • ‘Since the disk is practically not absorbing - that is, transparent for fluorescent radiation - we don't encounter the problem.’
      • ‘Also, the paint can be transparent to some of the infrared power and nearby objects may ‘feel’ the heat.’
      • ‘Although the primordial plasma became transparent to photons after the universe cooled, the photons did not travel unhindered afterwards.’
      • ‘Both are mostly transparent to sunlight and are heated in similar ways - largely by infrared radiation that emanates from their surfaces.’
    5. 1.5Computing (of a process or interface) functioning without the user being aware of its presence.
      • ‘Furthermore, they are completely transparent to existing network architectures and management systems.’
      • ‘The process is transparent to the user, who clicks on a link on the host site and is transported to a shopping site bearing the original site's branding.’
      • ‘For IT to accept automation, it must be transparent to users and downstream applications.’
      • ‘To the user this process is transparent, only the CPU knows in what order the instructions were actually executed.’
      • ‘When the server is configured to handle a page redirection, the process is transparent to the user and causes no problems.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin transparent- ‘shining through’, from Latin transparere, from trans- ‘through’ + parere ‘appear’.

Pronunciation

transparent

/trænsˈpɛrənt//transˈperənt/