diaphanous


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di·aph·a·nous

 (dī-ăf′ə-nəs)
adj.
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.

diaphanous

(daɪˈæfənəs)
adj
(Textiles) (usually of fabrics such as silk) fine and translucent
[C17: from Medieval Latin diaphanus, from Greek diaphanēs transparent, from diaphainein to show through, from dia- + phainein to show]
diˈaphanously adv
diˈaphanousness, diaphaneity n

di•aph•a•nous

(daɪˈæf ə nəs)

adj.
1. very sheer and light; nearly transparent.
2. insubstantial; amorphous.
[1605–15; < Medieval Latin diaphanus < Greek diaphanḗs transparent (adj. derivative of diaphaínein to show through)]
di•aph′a•nous•ly, adv.
di•aph′a•nous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.diaphanous - so thin as to transmit lightdiaphanous - so thin as to transmit light; "a hat with a diaphanous veil"; "filmy wings of a moth"; "gauzy clouds of dandelion down"; "gossamer cobwebs"; "sheer silk stockings"; "transparent chiffon"; "vaporous silks"
thin - of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section; "thin wire"; "a thin chiffon blouse"; "a thin book"; "a thin layer of paint"

diaphanous

noun fine, light, thin, sheer, delicate, transparent, see-through, translucent, chiffon, gossamer, gauzy, filmy, pellucid, cobwebby a diaphanous dress of pale gold chiffon

diaphanous

adjective
So light and insubstantial as to resemble air or a thin film:
Translations
dijafanprovidanproziran

diaphanous

[daɪˈæfənəs] ADJdiáfano

diaphanous

[daɪˈæfənəs] adj [fabric, garment] → diaphane

diaphanous

diaphanous

[daɪˈæfənəs] adjdiafano/a
References in classic literature ?
This phantom wore many faces, but it always had golden hair, was enveloped in a diaphanous cloud, and floated airily before his mind's eye in a pleasing chaos of roses, peacocks, white ponies, and blue ribbons.
She is so slender, so light, so filmy, she must be diaphanous.
It was a wild, cold, seasonable night of March, with a pale moon, lying on her back as though the wind had tilted her, and flying wrack of the most diaphanous and lawny texture.
But for D'Artagnan all aspects were clothed happily, all ideas wore a smile, all shades were diaphanous.
This beautiful and diaphanous quality of the Rocky Mountain streams prevails for a long time after they have mingled their waters and swollen into important rivers.
Never till now had I seen her attired in any other than black or sad-coloured stuff; and there she stood by the window, clad all in white, and white of a most diaphanous texture; her array was very simple, to be sure, but it looked imposing and festal because it was so clear, full, and floating; a veil shadowed her head, and hung below her knee; a little wreath of pink flowers fastened it to her thickly tressed Grecian plait, and thence it fell softly on each side of her face.
At the moment when this history begins, a brilliant July sun was illuminating the studio, and two rays striking athwart it lengthwise, traced diaphanous gold lines in which the dust was shimmering.
The mountains we had crossed now loomed high above our heads, and Sheba's Breasts were veiled modestly in diaphanous wreaths of mist.
to Juvénal des Ursins; a little farther on, the pitch-covered sheds of the Palus Market; in still another quarter the new apse of Saint- Germain le Vieux, lengthened in 1458, with a bit of the Rue aux Febves; and then, in places, a square crowded with people; a pillory, erected at the corner of a street; a fine fragment of the pavement of Philip Augustus, a magnificent flagging, grooved for the horses' feet, in the middle of the road, and so badly replaced in the sixteenth century by the miserable cobblestones, called the "pavement of the League;" a deserted back courtyard, with one of those diaphanous staircase turrets, such as were erected in the fifteenth century, one of which is still to be seen in the Rue des Bourdonnais.
The wide expanse that opened out before the heights on which the Russian batteries stood guarding the bridge was at times veiled by a diaphanous curtain of slanting rain, and then, suddenly spread out in the sunlight, far-distant objects could be clearly seen glittering as though freshly varnished.
In a low chair beneath a red shaded standing lamp sat Ida, in a diaphanous evening dress of mousseline de soie, the ruddy light tinging her sweet childlike face, and glowing on her golden curls.
It was so thin, so diaphanous, so like a fancy made visible, that one would have said: "Look quickly