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translucent

permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that objects are not clearly visible: a translucent lampshade; lucid: a translucent description
Not to be confused with:
transparent – allows objects to be seen clearly through it: clear water is transparent; crystalline
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trans·lu·cent

 (trăns-lo͞o′sənt, trănz-)
adj.
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.
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translucent

(trænzˈluːsənt)
adj
allowing light to pass through partially or diffusely; semitransparent
[C16: from Latin translūcēre to shine through, from trans- + lūcēre to shine]
transˈlucence, transˈlucency n
transˈlucently adv
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trans•lu•cent

(trænsˈlu sənt, trænz-)

adj.
1. permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that objects on the opposite side are not clearly visible: Frosted window glass is translucent.
2. easily understandable; lucid.
3. clear; transparent: translucent seawater.
[1590–1600; < Latin trānslūcent-, s. of trānslūcēns, present participle of trānslūcere to shine through = trāns- trans- + lūcēre to shine]
trans•lu′cence, trans•lu′cen•cy, n.
trans•lu′cent•ly, adv.
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trans·lu·cent

(trăns-lo͞o′sənt)
Transmitting light, but not clearly enough to be transparent. A translucent object causes enough diffusion of light that an object or image on the other side of it can only be seen indistinctly. Frosted glass is translucent. Compare transparent.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.translucent - allowing light to pass through diffusely; "translucent amber"; "semitransparent curtains at the windows"
clear - allowing light to pass through; "clear water"; "clear plastic bags"; "clear glass"; "the air is clear and clean"
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translucent

adjective semitransparent, clear, limpid, lucent, diaphanous, pellucid The building is roofed entirely with translucent plastic.
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translucent

adjective
Admitting light so that objects beyond can be seen:
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Translations
نِصْف شَفّاف
průsvitný
gennemskinnelig
kirkasläpikuultava
hálfgegnsær
半透明な澄んだ
perregimasperregimumas
caurspīdīgs
yarı saydam

translucent

[trænzˈluːsnt] ADJtranslúcido
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translucent

[trænsˈluːsənt] adjtranslucide
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translucent

, translucid
adj glass etclichtdurchlässig; skindurchsichtig; translucent glassMilchglas nt; a prose of translucent clarityeine Prosa von brillanter Klarheit
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translucent

[trænzˈluːsnt] adjtraslucido/a
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translucent

(trӕnsˈluːsnt) adjective
allowing light to pass through, but not transparent. translucent silk.
transˈlucence noun
transˈlucency noun
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trans·lu·cent

a. translúcido-a, que deja pasar la luz.
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References in classic literature ?
There in the flickering light of the lamp was the machine sure enough, squat, ugly, and askew; a thing of brass, ebony, ivory, and translucent glimmering quartz.
Through the deep translucent blue beneath me a slim shape glided; three smaller fish led the way; they dallied an instant a fathom under my feet, which were snatched up, with what haste you may imagine; then on they went to surer prey.
On the contrary, the room was of dazzling brilliance and beauty, for it was lined throughout with an exquisite metal that resembled translucent frosted silver.
It may well be that his fixity of attention - Druse turned his head and looked through the deeps of air downward as from the surface of the bottom of a translucent sea.
The glassy, cool, translucent wave was almost visible before her, curling up at the end of the bed, and as it was refreshingly cool she tried to keep her mind fixed upon it.
The whole of the rest of the garden was on fire with tulips; behind me, on the other side of the wall, were rows and rows of them,--cups of translucent loveliness, a jewelled ring flung right round the lawn.
Above the bridge the pond ran up into fringing groves of fir and maple and lay all darkly translucent in their wavering shadows.
Listen where thou art sitting Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave, In twisted braids of lilies knitting The loose train of thy amber-dropping hair, Listen for dear honour's sake, Goddess of the silver lake,
The subtle essence acted on him like a charmed draught, and caused the opaque substance of his animal being to grow transparent, or, at least, translucent; so that a spiritual gleam was transmitted through it, with a clearer lustre than hitherto.
A shaft of sunlight smote the over-curl, and I caught a glimpse of translucent, rushing green, backed by a milky smother of foam.
Above him was the light, translucent, billowing globe of shining brown oiled silk and the blazing sunlight and the great deep blue dome of the sky.
Above the Kolocha, in Borodino and on both sides of it, especially to the left where the Voyna flowing between its marshy banks falls into the Kolocha, a mist had spread which seemed to melt, to dissolve, and to become translucent when the brilliant sun appeared and magically colored and outlined everything.