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1. Sufficiently thin or airy as to be translucent: a diaphanous gown; diaphanous gauze.
2. Of such fine composition as to be easily damaged or broken; delicate: diaphanous butterfly wings.

[From Medieval Latin diaphanus, transparent, from Greek diaphanēs, from diaphainein, to be transparent : dia-, dia- + phainein, phan-, to show; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

di′a·pha·ne′i·ty (dī′ə-fə-nē′ĭ-tē), di·aph′a·nous·ness n.
di·aph′a·nous·ly adv.


(dɪˌæf əˈni ɪ ti, ˌdaɪ ə fə-)

the quality of being diaphanous.
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consciousness,' when once it has evaporated to this estate of pure diaphaneity, is on the point of disappearing altogether.
By integrating common points of different perspectives, this paper considers authority, exactitude, diaphaneity, trust, timeliness, standardization, coordination as the key elements of the effectiveness of government's response capability to network opinion on public emergencies, namely, seven basic dimensions.
Its luster, color and diaphaneity make it useful as a gemstone and also in the making of glass.
In general, the diaphaneity of the sapphires varied according to the amount of sheen that they displayed.