Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Definitions of Transparent, Opalescent, Iridescent, and Opaque

Transparent: the quality of being clear and see through.

IRIDESCENT=====Having colors like the rainbow; exhibiting a play of changeable colors; nacreous; prismatic; as, iridescent glass. See iridescence. [1913 Webster]


OPALESCENT (adjective)
The adjective OPALESCENT has 1 sense:

1. having a play of lustrous rainbow-like colors

Familiarity information: OPALESCENT used as an adjective is very rare.

OPALESCENT (adjective)



Having a play of lustrous rainbow-like colors


opalescent; opaline; pearlescent; iridescent; nacreous

Context examples:

an iridescent oil slick / nacreous (or pearlescent) clouds looking like mother-of-pearl / a milky opalescent (or opaline) luster


bright (emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts)

rainbow colors; "an iridescent oil slick"; "nacreous (or pearlescent) clouds looking like mother-of-pearl"; "a milky opalescent (or opaline) luster

What does Opaque mean?


Light cannot go through the object.

Hopefully this will help some of us that forget these terms when we are talking about someone elses art work or when we are working on our own piece.

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