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opaque

o·paque

opaque

 
pronunciation:
o peIk
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, transitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not allowing light to pass through. (Cf. transparent.)
Opaque window shades darken the room.
antonyms:
clear, diaphanous, gauzy, limpid, sheer, transparent
similar words:
cloudy, dark
definition 2: not allowing some specified form of radiation, such as infrared or sound waves, to pass through.
similar words:
impenetrable, impervious
definition 3: having a flat, dull appearance.
They used an opaque varnish rather than the shiny type.
synonyms:
dull, matte
definition 4: not easily understood; unclear.
He gave an opaque explanation that was little help to most of the students.
synonyms:
abstruse, murky, obscure, unclear
antonyms:
clear, comprehensible, limpid
similar words:
cryptic, hazy, incomprehensible, recondite, unintelligible, vague
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part of speech: noun
definition: something that is opaque.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: opaqued, opaques, opaquing
definition: to cause to be or become opaque.
derivations: opaquely (adv.), opaqueness (n.)