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diaphanous Explained

diaphanous at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1614, from M.L. diaphanus, from Gk. diaphanes, from dia- "through" + phainesthai, middle voice form (subject acting on itself) of phainein "to show." ///

diaphanous at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adj literary [Date: 1600-1700; Language: Medieval Latin; Origin: diaphanus, from Greek diaphainein 'to show through']// diaphanous cloth is so thin that you can almost see through it//

diaphanous at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

80 Moby Thesaurus words for "diaphanous":
airy, attenuate, attenuated, boyish, clear, clear as crystal,
cloudless, crystal, crystal-clear, crystalline, delicate, diaphane,
diluted, ethereal, filmy, fine, fine-drawn, finespun, flimsy,
frail, gauzy, girlish, gossamer, gossamery, gracile, insubstantial,
lacy, light, light-pervious, lightish, lightsome, limpid, lucent,
lucid, luculent, misty, nonopaque, papery, peekaboo, pellucid,
rare, rarefied, relucent, revealing, see-through, serene, sheer,
slender, slenderish, slight, slight-made, slim, slimmish, slinky,
small, subtle, svelte, sylphlike, tenuous, thin, thin-bodied,
thin-set, thin-spun, thinnish, threadlike, translucent, translucid,
transparent, transpicuous, unclouded, unobscured, vague,
wasp-waisted, watered, watered-down, watery, weak, willowy,
wiredrawn, wispy

diaphanous at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[ADJ] (Transparency): transparent, pellucid, lucid, diaphanous, translucent, limpid, clear, serene, crystalline, clear as crystal, vitreous, glassy, hyaline.

diaphanous at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

(written) (of cloth or fabric) so light, delicate and fine that you can almost see through it

Diaphanous at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Diaphanous \Di*aph"a*nous\, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to show or shine
through; dia` through + ? to show, and in the passive, to
shine: cf. F. diaphane. See {Phantom}, and cf. {Diaphane},
Allowing light to pass through, as porcelain; translucent or
transparent; pellucid; clear.

Another cloud in the region of them, light enough to be
fantastic and diaphanous. --Landor.

diaphanous at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj : 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"
[syn: {filmy}, {gauzy}, {gossamer}, {see-through}, {sheer},
{transparent}, {vaporous}, {cobwebby}]

diaphanous at English (WD) Of Explained:

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From Inter: etyl » ML. Inter: term » diaphanus|lang=la (from Inter: etyl » grc Inter: term » διαφανής|sc=polytonic) Inter: suffix » |ous.


* Inter: IPA » /daɪˈæf.ən.əs/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /daI"{f.@n.@s/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-diaphanous.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-ad » j

  • Transparent; allowing light to pass through; capable of being seen through.
    1. 1899, Joseph Conrad, Category: s - :Heart of Darkness|Heart of Darkness, Category: s - :Heart of Darkness/Section I|section 1
    2. :The water shone pacifically; the sky, without a speck, was a benign immensity of unstained light; the very mist on the Essex marsh was like a gauzy and radiant fabric, hung from the wooded rises inland, and draping the low shores in diaphanous folds.
    3. Of a fine, almost transparent texture, e.g. gossamer.


      * translucent

  • Inter: sense » of a fine, almost transparent texture delicate, insubstantial


    * opaque, concrete, solid


    Inter: trans-top » of a fine, almost transparent texture
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|прозирен|sc=Cyrl
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|ragfijn
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|diaphane|m|f

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • German: Inter: t- » de|durchscheinend, Inter: t+ » de|diaphan
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|diafano
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|прозрачный|m|tr=prozráčnyj|sc=Cyrl
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|dijafan

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » Transparent; allowing light to pass through; capable of being seen through
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|прозрачен|sc=Cyrl
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|doorzichtig, Inter: t+ » nl|doorschijnend
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|diaphane|m|f
    • German: Inter: t- » de|durchscheinend, Inter: t+ » de|diaphan, Inter: t+ » de|durchsichtig

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|διαφανής|m (diafanís)
  • Ido: Inter: t+ » io|diafana
  • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|proziran, Inter: t- » sh|providan, Inter: t- » sh|dijafan
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|diáfano

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Category: Category:English words suffixed with -ous -
    Translation: ar » diaphanous
    Translation: de » diaphanous
    Translation: et » diaphanous
    Translation: fr » diaphanous
    Translation: ko » diaphanous
    Translation: io » diaphanous
    Translation: it » diaphanous
    Translation: my » diaphanous
    Translation: pl » diaphanous
    Translation: ta » diaphanous
    Translation: te » diaphanous
    Translation: vi » diaphanous
    Translation: zh » diaphanous