AskDefine | Define opaque

Dictionary Definition

opaque adj
1 not clear; not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; "opaque windows of the jail"; "opaque to X-rays" [ant: clear]
2 not clearly understood or expressed [syn: unintelligible]

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  • O-Pake-
    Rhymes with: -eɪk


From opacus, itself of unknown origin, originally spelled opake, and in the 17th century respelled after the cognate opaque.


  1. Neither reflecting nor emitting light .
  2. Allowing little light to pass through, not translucent or transparent.
  3. In the context of "metaphor": Unclear, unintelligible, hard to get or explain the meaning of
  4. In the context of "metaphor}} Obtuse, stupid.


Extensive Definition

Opacity or opaque refers to something difficult to see through or perceive. It can refer to:
opaque in Afrikaans: W.W.Opaciteit
opaque in German: Opak
opaque in Spanish: Opacidad
opaque in Esperanto: Opakeco
opaque in Ido: Opaka
opaque in Dutch: Opaciteit
opaque in Norwegian: Opasitet
opaque in Portuguese: Opacidade
opaque in Simple English: Opacity

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