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transparent

(of a substance or object) permitting the free passage of electromagnetic radiation

transparent

[tranz′par·ənt]
(computer science)
Pertaining to a device or system that processes data without the user being aware of or needing to understand its operation.
(physics)
Permitting passage of radiation or particles.

transparent

(jargon)
Not visible, hidden; said of a system which functions in a manner not evident to the user. For example, the Domain Name System transparently resolves a fully qualified domain name into an IP address without the user being aware of it.

Compare this to what Donald Norman calls "invisibility", which he illustrates from the user's point of view:

"You use computers when you use many modern automobiles, microwave ovens, games, CD players and calculators. You don't notice the computer because you think of yourself as doing the task, not as using the computer." ["The Design of Everyday Things", New York, Doubleday, 1989, p. 185].

transparent

(theory)
Fully defined, known, predictable; said of a sub-system in which matters generally subject to volition or stochastic state change have been chosen, measured, or determined by the environment. Thus for transparent systems, output is a known function of the inputs, and users can both predict the behaviour and depend upon it.

transparent

(1) A change in hardware or software that, after installation, causes no noticeable change in operation. Also known as "feature transparency." Contrast with "seamless integration," which means that an additional component to the system can be added without incurring any problems.

(2) A part of an image or application window that takes on the color of whatever is beneath such as the desktop background. See transparency.
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She has a tint as white as this sheet of paper, except just in the middle of each cheek, where it passes into the purest and most transparent, most liquid, carmine.
It is a point of cunning, to wait upon him with whom you speak, with your eye; as the Jesuits give it in precept: for there be many wise men, that have secret hearts, and transparent countenances.
He said it was so weak that it was transparent an inch in depth around the edge of the cup.
How is it, O strangers," asked the old man solemnly, "that this fat man (pointing to Good, who was clad in nothing but boots and a flannel shirt, and had only half finished his shaving), whose body is clothed, and whose legs are bare, who grows hair on one side of his sickly face and not on the other, and who wears one shining and transparent eye-- how is it, I ask, that he has teeth which move of themselves, coming away from the jaws and returning of their own will?
It was not exactly spirituality that was obvious, though the screen of the flesh seemed almost transparent, because there was in his face an outrageous sensuality; but, though it sounds nonsense, it seemed as though his sensuality were curiously spiritual.
than those which your April greensward gives your cows to browse upon; while I, a poet, am hooted, and shiver, and owe twelve sous, and the soles of my shoes are so transparent, that they might serve as glasses for your lantern
And on its pages I saw a beautiful representation of a maiden in transparent garments and with a transparent body, flying up to the clouds.
He was the elder by several years, but at that moment he looked much the younger, for his transparent complexion flushed suddenly, and he spoke with a shyness extremely unlike the ready indifference of his manner with his male companion, while Dorothea became all the calmer with a wondering desire to put him at ease.
The cat was made of glass, so clear and transparent that you could see through it as easily as through a window.
She rubbed another against the wall: it burned brightly, and where the light fell on the wall, there the wall became transparent like a veil, so that she could see into the room.
The door of the closet, which was to be my place of observation, was fitted with panels of transparent glass.
On a large transparent sheet, compass and square in hand, he was copying what appeared to be a scale of some sort or other.

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