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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.
There is a delicacy and certitude in forming the curls that define the ornamental hairdo and the diaphanousness of the woman's garment.
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.