AskDefine | Define transparency

Dictionary Definition



1 permitting the free passage of electromagnetic radiation [syn: transparence] [ant: opacity]
2 the quality of being clear and transparent [syn: transparence, transparentness]
3 picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector [syn: foil]

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  1. a transparent object,
  2. especially a transparent material with an image on it, that is viewable by shining light through it.
  3. the quality of being transparent; transparence

Derived terms


transparent object

Extensive Definition

Transparency (optics) is the physical property of allowing the transmission of light through a material. It is the noun form of the word transparent (for example, glass is usually transparent).
Literal uses:
Metaphorical meanings can amount to clear visibility, but also the opposite, invisibility (in particular of irrelevant details).
Transparency may also refer to:
In computing and mathematics:
In humanities and business:
transparency in Danish: Transparent
transparency in German: Transparent
transparency in French: Transparent
transparency in Indonesian: Transparansi
transparency in Hebrew: שקיפות
transparency in Dutch: Transparantie
transparency in Japanese: 透過性
transparency in Low German: Transparenz (Mehrdüdig Begreep)
transparency in Portuguese: Transparência
transparency in Russian: Прозрачность
transparency in Swedish: Transparens

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