Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (trăns-lo͞o′sənt, trănz-)
Transmitting light but causing sufficient diffusion to prevent perception of distinct images.

[Latin trānslūcēns, trānslūcent-, present participle of trānslūcēre, to shine through : trāns-, trans- + lūcēre, to shine; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]

trans·lu′cence, trans·lu′cen·cy n.
trans·lu′cent·ly adv.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.translucence - the quality of allowing light to pass diffusely
uncloudedness, clarity, clearness - the quality of clear water; "when she awoke the clarity was back in her eyes"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
yarı saydamlık


[trænzˈluːsns] Ntranslucidez f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


, translucency
nLichtdurchlässigkeit f, → Durchsichtigkeit f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[trænzˈluːsns] ntraslucidità f inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(trӕnsˈluːsnt) adjective
allowing light to pass through, but not transparent. translucent silk.
transˈlucence noun
transˈlucency noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
The brilliant light in the Prince's eyes was softening to a dreamier, cloudy translucence.
Because these noodles, which get their English name because of their translucence, are super-light and springy, and gluten-free.
With our eyes pressed close to our respective binoculars, we are peering through the lens into a expanse of smudged greens, shadowy browns and a dull translucence that will shortly merge with the fading twilight.
The hard zirconia material with the color and translucence of natural teeth is manufactured by hot isostatic pressing.
The exhibition explores the concept of multi-layered translucence in art and life.
The exhibition titled 'Visual Transparency' explores the concept of multi-layered translucence in art and life, with students showcasing their interpretation of the theme through 20 unique artworks, using numerous mediums such as paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations.
LeWitt's installation at VI, VII suspended a garland of layered "valances" from a row of palm-size rectangular polyurethane blocks that trailed along three walls of the gallery, leaving the window front as the only surface not covered in "curtains." Each valance consisted of scalloped progressions of looped strips of latex and plastic vinyl in varying colors, lengths, and degrees of translucence. Freely cradled at the bottom of each of these loops was a cylindrical foam pellet, whose dimensions in turn dictated the width of the loop, carving the wall into orderly lanes of overlapping hues.
The translucence and fragility of the acrylic sheets coated by tempered amounts of acrylic paint can evoke many visual trajectories: the images may allude to familiar painterly vicinities of mountains, archipelagos, or fields seen from a bird's point of view, while some figurations may instantly induce ruminations of wide seascapes or mirages through river troughs.
Compared to rubber compounds using carbon black fillers with similar surface areas, these characteristics are said to include increased stiffness and reinforcing strength, enhanced resistance to heat build-up, better tear strength with equal tensile strength, improved color retention and/or translucence, superior chip and chunk resistance, and extended product life in high-temperature environments, according to the company.
The breeze is gentle at best and the sea has the translucence and calm that dreams are made of.
A renowned expert at painting water, Joe Dowden uses the natural translucence of watercolor to capture its beauty.