transparency

The condition of being clear or transparent is transparency. The transparency of your car's windshield might be affected by how badly your car needs to be washed.

Something has transparency if you can see through it, like the ice on the top of a frozen lake or a glass. Transparency can also refer to a figurative kind of clearness or openness, which is what people mean when they talk about "government transparency." If you can see clearly, without anything being hidden, what you're looking at (or through) has transparency. Its root is the Latin word transparentem, which means "see light through."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: transparency

1
n
the quality of being clear and transparent
2
n
permitting the free passage of electromagnetic radiation
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: transparency
1

n the quality of being clear and transparent

Synonyms:
transparence, transparentness
Types:
limpidity, pellucidity, pellucidness
passing light without diffusion or distortion
Type of:
clarity, clearness, uncloudedness
the quality of clear water

n picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector

Synonyms:
foil
Types:
lantern slide, slide
a transparency mounted in a frame; viewed with a slide projector
overhead, viewgraph
a transparency for use with an overhead projector
Type of:
icon, ikon, image, picture
a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
2

n permitting the free passage of electromagnetic radiation

Synonyms:
transparence
Antonyms:
opacity
the phenomenon of not permitting the passage of electromagnetic radiation
Type of:
physical phenomenon
a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
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