General English

General Science

  • noun the condition of being transparent
  • noun a computer program which is not obvious to the user or which cannot be seen by the user when it is running
  • noun a positive image on a film or slide that can be viewed when light is passed through it


  • The property of allowing radiation to pass. In astronomy the transparency of the Earth’s atmosphere is important because it determines the ability of astronomers to observe from Earth rather than from space. The Earth’s atmosphere transmits mainly visible light, some infrared light, and some radio, microwave and millimetre wavelength radiation.


  • noun the fact of being clear about making decisions and being open to the public about how decisions are reached


  • noun the degree to which one image shows another image beneath it


  • The clarity with which a regulation, policy, or institution can be understood and anticipated. Depends on openness, predictability, and comprehensibility. Lack of transparency can itself be a NTB.


  • The quality or state of being transparent. Also spelled transparence.
  • The extent to which something is transparent.
  • An object, such as a photographic slide, which is viewed by allowing light to shine through it.
  • synonymtransparence

Information & Library Science

  • noun transparent positive film which can be projected onto a screen by using a light source

Media Studies

  • noun the way in a which the structure of a media text should be invisible to the casual reader


  • noun an open and honest way of acting when making decisions, e.g. being open to the public about the actions of government or the European Union


  • A piece of gauze, linen, or other thin fabric that can be madeto appear either transparent or opaque. If a backcloth made of suchmaterial is painted with a transparent dye and lit from the frontit appears to be a normal painted scene, but if lit from behind thefabric becomes transparent, revealing whatever lies behind. If a transparencyis gradually illuminated from behind, the original scene fades oris supplemented by additional painting on the back. This can createsuch illusions as bare winter trees blossoming in spring or a housesuddenly catching on fire.

    The US stage designer Lee Simonson (1888 - 1967) usedtransparencies to great effect in the original 1949 Broadway productionof Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.