adjective /trænzˈluː.sənt/
a) Allowing light to pass through but diffusing it.

The window-panes, encrusted with perennial deposits of Atmosphere, were less transparent than translucent.

b) Clear, lucid, or transparent.

On the windows of the nearer buildings the sun cast glittering beams, but further away a faint, translucent mist hid the city.

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(admitting rays of light, but not capable of being distinctly seen through), ,

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  • Translucent — Trans*lu cent, a. [L. translucens, entis, p. pr. of translucere to shine through; trans across, through = lucere to shine. See {Lucid}.] 1. Transmitting rays of light without permitting objects to be distinctly seen; partially transparent. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • translucent — (adj.) 1590s, from L. translucentem (nom. translucens), prp. of translucere to shine through, from trans through (see TRANS (Cf. trans )) + lucere to shine (see LIGHT (Cf. light) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • translucent — lucid, pellucid, diaphanous, limpid, *clear, transparent Analogous words: luminous, radiant, brilliant, effulgent, *bright: iridescent, opalescent, *prismatic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • translucent — see transparent …   Modern English usage

  • translucent — [adj] clear clear cut, crystal, crystalline, diaphanous, glassy, limpid, lucent, lucid, luminous, pellucid, see through, semiopaque, semitransparent, translucid, unblurred; concept 618 Ant. blocked, cloudy, opaque …   New thesaurus

  • translucent — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ allowing light to pass through partially; semi transparent. DERIVATIVES translucence noun translucency noun. ORIGIN from Latin translucere shine through …   English terms dictionary

  • translucent — [translo͞o′sid, tranzlo͞o′sidtrans lo͞o′sənt, tranzlo͞o′sənt] adj. [L translucens, prp. of translucere, to shine through: see TRANS & LIGHT1] 1. Obs. shining through 2. Rare transparent 3. letting light pass but diffusing it so that objects on… …   English World dictionary

  • translucent — [[t]trænzlu͟ːs(ə)nt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If a material is translucent, some light can pass through it. The building is roofed entirely with translucent corrugated plastic. 2) ADJ GRADED You use translucent to describe something that has a glowing… …   English dictionary

  • translucent — translucence, translucency, n. translucently, adv. /trans looh seuhnt, tranz /, adj. 1. permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that persons, objects, etc., on the opposite side are not clearly visible: Frosted window glass is… …   Universalium

  • translucent — adjective Etymology: Latin translucent , translucens, present participle of translucēre to shine through, from trans + lucēre to shine more at light Date: 1607 1. permitting the passage of light: a. clear, transparent < translucent water > b.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • translucent — trans•lu•cent [[t]trænsˈlu sənt, trænz [/t]] adj. 1) opt permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that objects on the opposite side are not clearly visible: Frosted window glass is translucent[/ex] 2) easily understandable; lucid 3)… …   From formal English to slang

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