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.

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. Krishna Abrams:

    Seeing the failure of the District Attorney to fulfill this important responsibility, my office will review the case to ensure a fair, thorough, and transparent process is completed.

  2. Shania Twain:

    I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest. Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both, if I were voting, I just don’t want bull----. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?

  3. Ashok Vaswani:

    We're going to do it in a transparent and understandable fashion, if I can't explain it [to a customer] I'm not going to offer it.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field, and when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world's total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment.

  5. Andrew Ferguson:

    All police departments should seek mechanisms of accountability and transparency. Accountability through academic studies and reports is beneficial, but there is no real substitute for local democratic accountability in a public and transparent forum.

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