ETYM French, from Late Lat. transparens, -entis, p. pr. of transparere to be transparent; Latin trans across, through + parere to appear. Related to Appear.
Easily understood or seen through (because of a lack of subtlety).
clear · cobwebby · crystal clear · crystalline · diaphanous · filmy · gauze-like · gauzy · gossamer · guileless · limpid · lucid · obvious · pellucid · see-through · sheer · square · straight · thin · vaporous · vapourous
1. In computer use, of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a device, function, or part of a program that works so smoothly and easily that it is invisible to the user. For example, the ability of one application to use files created by another is transparent if the user encounters no difficulty in opening, reading, or using the second program’s files or does not even know the use is occurring.
2. In communications, of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a mode of transmission in which data can include any characters, including device-control characters, without the possibility of misinterpretation by the receiving station. For example, the receiving station will not end a transparent transmission until it receives a character in the data that indicates end of transmission. Thus, there is no danger of the receiving station ending communications prematurely.
3. In computer graphics, of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the lack of color in a particular region of an image so that the background color of the display shows through.