opaque

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English opake, from Latin opacus (shaded, shady, dark) (of unknown origin), later reinforced from Middle French opaque.

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Adjective[edit]

opaque (comparative more opaque, superlative most opaque)

  1. Neither reflecting nor emitting light.
  2. Allowing little light to pass through, not translucent or transparent.
  3. (figuratively) Unclear, unintelligible, hard to get or explain the meaning of
  4. (figuratively) Obtuse, stupid.
  5. (computing) Describes a type for which higher-level callers have no knowledge of data values or their representations; all operations are carried out by the type's defined abstract operators.

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Usage notes[edit]

  • The comparative opaquer and superlative opaquest, though formed following valid rules for English, are much less common than more opaque and most opaque and seem to occur more frequently in poetry.

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Noun[edit]

opaque (plural opaques)

  1. (obsolete, poetic) An area of darkness; a place or region with no light.
    • 1745, Edward Young, Night-Thoughts, I:
      Through this opaque of Nature and of Soul, / This double night, transmit one pitying ray, / To lighten, and to cheer.
  2. Something which is opaque rather than translucent.

Verb[edit]

opaque (third-person singular simple present opaques, present participle opaquing, simple past and past participle opaqued)

  1. (transitive) To make, render (more) opaque.

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References[edit]

  • opaque” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin opacus 'shaded, shady, dark', itself of unknown origin.

Adjective[edit]

opaque (masculine and feminine, plural opaques)

  1. opaque

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Middle French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

opaque m, f (plural opaques)

  1. opaque