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Princeton's WordNet

  1. opaqueadjective

    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight

    "opaque windows of the jail"; "opaque to X-rays"

  2. opaque, unintelligibleadjective

    not clearly understood or expressed


  1. opaquenoun

    An area of darkness; a place or region with no light.

  2. opaquenoun

    Something which is opaque rather than translucent.

  3. opaqueverb

    To make, render (more) opaque.

  4. opaqueadjective

    Neither reflecting nor emitting light.

  5. opaqueadjective

    Allowing little light to pass through, not translucent or transparent.

  6. opaqueadjective

    Unclear, unintelligible, hard to get or explain the meaning of

  7. opaqueadjective

    Obtuse, stupid.

  8. opaqueadjective

    Describes a type for which higher-level callers have no knowledge of data values or their representations; all operations are carried out by the type's defined abstract operators.

  9. Etymology: From opake, from opacus (of unknown origin), later reinforced from opaque.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Opaqueadjective

    Etymology: opacus, Lat.

    Shot upward still direct, whence no way round
    Shadow from body opaque can fall. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    These disappearing fixt stars were actually extinguished and turned into more opaque and gross planet-like bodies. George Cheyne, Phil. Prin.


  1. opaque

    Opaque refers to a material or object that is not transparent and does not allow light to pass through it. This property is often observed in substances that are dense or dark-colored, which completely block visibility of objects behind it. In a broader context, opaque can also refer to something that is difficult to understand or not clear.


  1. Opaque

    Morten Aasdahl Eliassen, also known as stage name Opaque or the alias Mae, is a Norwegian rapper from Furuset in Oslo. He is signed to Tommy Tee's record label Tee Productions, and released the album Gourmet Garbage in 2001. In 2011 he appeared under the alias Mae on Jesse Jones debut album 12 blokker, 1 vei inn.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Opaque

    ō-pāk′, adj. shady: dark: that cannot be seen through: not transparent.—adv. Opaque′ly.—n. Opaque′ness, quality of being opaque: want of transparency. [Fr.,—L. opacus.]

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  1. Opaque

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  1. Opaque

    without lustre: not transparent.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of opaque in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of opaque in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of opaque in a Sentence

  1. Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, Mentat Fixe:

    Ready comprehension is often a knee-jerk response and the most dangerous form of understanding. It blinks an opaque screen over your ablility to learn. The judgemental precedents of law function that way, littering your path with dead ends. Be warned. Understand nothing. All comprehension is temporary.

  2. Committee Chairman David Cicilline:

    Because their decisions are largely unaccountable, opaque, and result in sweeping consequences, the dominant platforms effectively serve as private regulators.

  3. Neil Campling:

    With weak business momentum, opaque funding structures and the rising risk of down rounds (reduced valuations) in portfolio companies we remain bearish on Rocket Internet.

  4. Fergus Ryan:

    The whole process is so opaque that it's difficult to know what is censored and what isn't censored.

  5. State Department spokesman John Kirby:

    The move to disqualify some 100 candidates, through an opaque and discriminatory process, risks undermining the confidence of the Burmese people and the international community in these elections, we urge the Burmese authorities to redouble their efforts to address these concerns and ensure that the upcoming elections constitute a step forward for the country.

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