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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
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Moore called the diaphanousness of perceptual experience.
In response, it needs to be said that the diaphanousness of consciousness has two sides to it.
The discussion of transparency and diaphanousness is a sidelight, its principal purpose to shore up the main line of argumentation against criticism; in those passages all Moore argues is that the relation of conscious awareness is not transparent, while acknowledging that it can seem to be.