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translucency

The quality of being able to see through a material whereby the distant image is hazy or foggy. The terms "translucent" and "transparent" are often used synonymously, but they are not the same. A translucent area in an image would be like looking through frosted or smoked glass to the underlying background. A transparent area would be like looking through clear glass.

Not Well Supported
True translucency is not supported in many graphics formats as an attribute of the image. Although the visual effect of translucency can always be simulated in an image by using an image editing program, the actual translucent area is opaque, and the underlying background does not show through.

Translucency is an advanced technique; for example, Adobe's PostScript and HP's PCL language do not support translucency; however, Adobe's PDF, which came later, does support it. Images formatted with true translucency that are printed in PostScript and PCL are flattened into opaque images that tend to have visual artifacts. See alpha blending.


Translucent Borders
See-through, translucent window borders were one of the eye-candy features in the Aero interface introduced in Windows Vista. Articles about Aero erroneously refer to "transparent windows" more than they do "translucent windows."

translucent

Descriptive of a material that transmits light but diffuses it sufficiently so that an image cannot be seen through the material clearly.
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The horror!," and fondly recalls "the echo of his magnificent eloquence thrown to me from a soul as translucently pure as a cliff of crystal" (115), Conrad suggests he is increasingly haunted by these words and may turn from the nihilistic worldview they convey and begin to see Kurtz's soul as dark and sinful.
All or part of the components can be hidden or displayed translucently.
Thomas Greene is succinctly to the point: "Virgil's gods, tending as they do to embody abstract principles or forces, court the risk of transparency, and Homeric mystery starts to fade into Virgilian machinery" (1963, 88)." (21) The progressive objectification and solidification of divinities, their being represented as objective facts and no longer translucently as poetic figures for humans exceeding their own limits, has resulted in their severance from the human impulses and actions in and through which they were revealed in the Odyssey (Lesky 1961).
Even if the information is displayed translucently before the user's eyes, when the focus shifts, navigation would become treacherous.
Along with Coach Biddle's Fifty-two defense, Coach Fuller had us running the triple-option Wishbone with a backfield that was entirely black, save for QB, a position occupied by Brian Dillon, a young man so translucently pale we called him "Ghost." Luther Hicks was fullback, a mocha-colored fireplug who, at an even two hundred, outweighed most of the county's lineman and preferred creating holes over rushing.