What does transparent mean?

Definitions for transparent
trænsˈpɛər ənt, -ˈpær-trans·par·ent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crystalline, crystal clear, limpid, lucid, pellucid, transparentadjective

    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity

    "the cold crystalline water of melted snow"; "crystal clear skies"; "could see the sand on the bottom of the limpid pool"; "lucid air"; "a pellucid brook"; "transparent crystal"

  2. diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, gauze-like, gossamer, see-through, sheer, transparent, vaporous, vapourous, cobwebbyadjective

    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"

  3. guileless, transparentadjective

    free of deceit

  4. transparentadjective

    easily understood or seen through (because of a lack of subtlety)

    "a transparent explanation"; "a transparent lie"


  1. transparentadjective

    See-through, clear; having the property that light passes through it almost undisturbed, such that one can see through it clearly.

    The waters of the lake were transparent until the factory dumped wastes there.

  2. transparentadjective

    Open, public; having the property that theories and practices are publicly visible, thereby reducing the chance of corruption.

  3. transparentadjective

    Obvious; readily apparent; easy to see or understand.

    His reasons for the decision were transparent.

  4. Etymology: From transpārentis (genitive singular of transpārens, present participle of transpāreō)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Pervious to the light; clear; pellucid; diaphanous; translucent; not opaque.

    Etymology: transparent, Fr. trans and appareo, Latin.

    Nor shines the silver moon one half so bright,
    Through the transparent bosom of the deep,
    As doth thy face through tears of mine give light,
    Thou shin’st in every tear that I do weep. William Shakespeare.

    Wait upon him with whom you speak with your eye; for there be many wise men that have secret hearts and transparent countenances. Francis Bacon, Essays, №. 23.

    Each thought was visible that roll’d within,
    As through a crystal case the figur’d hours are seen;
    And heav’n did this transparent veil provide,
    Because she had no guilty thought to hide. Dryden.

    Her bosom appeared all of chrystal, and so wonderfully transparent, that I saw every thought in her heart. Addison.

    Transparent forms, too fine for mortal sight,
    Their fluid bodies half-dissolv’d in light. Alexander Pope.


  1. transparent

    Transparent refers to a material or object that allows light, sound, or heat to pass through it without obstruction, in a way that objects or images on the other side can be clearly seen or heard. In a broader, non-physical context, it can also mean being honest, open, and free of deceit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transparentadjective

    having the property of transmitting rays of light, so that bodies can be distinctly seen through; pervious to light; diaphanous; pellucid; as, transparent glass; a transparent diamond; -- opposed to opaque

  2. Transparentadjective

    admitting the passage of light; open; porous; as, a transparent veil


  1. Transparent

    Transparent is the first release by the band Coil. It was a collaboration with Zos Kia and credited to "Zos Kia/Coil". The cassette version was released in 1984 on Nekrophile Rekords with catalogue number NRC 05. The CD version was released in 1997 on the label "Threshold House" with catalogue number LOCI CD 13. The 12" version of this was released in 1998 on "Eskaton/World Serpent" with catalgue number ESKATON 017. The vinyl is etched as follows: Side A: ZONE OF SOULS Side B: KILLED IN ACTION

Editors Contribution

  1. transparent

    All members of all forms of socialist unity governments to ensure all government information is open and accessible for public scrutiny

    Transparent socialist unity government is the chosen way forward for humanity as we choose it as a collective

    Submitted by MaryC on May 22, 2021  

  2. transparent

    Easily seen, understood and being accountable.

    The public require governments to be transparent and they must be transparent too.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

  3. transparent

    The act and fact of being open, honest and communicating the truth.

    The government are transparent in their communications and are working with others to achieve.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 21, 2020  

  4. transparent

    To transmit light.

    The crystals were transparent.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2020  


  1. Transparent

    so clear as not to obstruct vision.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of transparent in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of transparent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of transparent in a Sentence

  1. The DNC:

    Today is a historic day for our party, we passed major reforms that will not only put our next presidential nominee in the strongest position possible, but will help us elect Democrats up and down the ballot, across the country. These reforms will help grow our party, unite Democrats, and restore voters' trust by making our 2020 nominating process the most inclusive and transparent in our history.

  2. Collin Peterson:

    This impeachment process continues to be hopelessly partisan. I have been hearing from my constituents on both sides of this matter for months, and the escalation of calls this past week just shows me how divided our country really is right now, i have some serious concerns with the way the closed-door depositions were run, and am skeptical that we will have a process that is open, transparent and fair. Without support from Senate Republicans, going down this path is a mistake. Today's vote is both unnecessary, and widely misrepresented in the media and by Republicans as a vote on impeachment.

  3. Marie Harf:

    The offer, as I understand it, which we see as an implicit threat, is for the U.S. to stop doing something that is routine, that is transparent, that is defensive in nature, and that is annual ... in exchange for the North Koreans not doing something that is prohibited under multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions and that they are not supposed to be doing, that's really a false choice here.

  4. Emmitt Martin III:

    We’ve watched so many of these cases over the last several years, and when( law enforcement authorities) come forward and when they’re transparent and they provide information to the community, we typically see a very peaceful response.

  5. Mark Coleridge:

    We make the pledge 'never again.' There will be no cover up. We will respond quickly to accusations, improve governance structure, be more transparent and we will listen, we know that only actions not words can rebuild trust, and until trust is rebuilt all the apologies in the world will miss the mark.

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