opaque

adj.
1 not clear enough to see through
VERBS
be, look
become

As the lens becomes more opaque, the patient notices a falling off in vision.

ADVERB
completely

These crystals are completely opaque and nearly black.

almost, nearly
slightly, somewhat

The glasses looked slightly opaque.

PREPOSITION
with

The windows were nearly opaque with grime.

2 difficult to understand
VERBS
be
become
remain
ADVERB
extremely, fairly, very, etc.

Both question and answer are rather opaque.

The complex administrative arrangements mean that the decision-making process remains somewhat opaque.

completely

The system is completely opaque to non-specialists.

relatively
a little, slightly, etc.
Opaque is used with these nouns: ↑glass, ↑tights

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • opaque — [ ɔpak ] adj. • XIVe; lat. opacus « ombragé, touffu » 1 ♦ Qui s oppose au passage de la lumière. Verre opaque. « Le brouillard qui rendait pesante, opaque et nauséabonde la nuit » ( Maupassant). Collant opaque. ♢ OPAQUE À... : qui s oppose au… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • opaque — [ō pāk′] adj. [ME opake < L opacus, shady] 1. not letting light pass through; not transparent or translucent 2. not reflecting light; not shining or lustrous; dull or dark 3. not allowing electricity, heat, etc. to pass through 4. hard to… …   English World dictionary

  • opaque — UK US /əʊˈpeɪk/ adjective ► difficult to understand or know about, especially because things have been intentionally kept secret or made complicated: »Governments have been able to maintain opaque and discriminatory procurement practices.… …   Financial and business terms

  • opaque — OPAQUE. adj. de tout genre. Terme dogmatique. Qui n est pas transparent. Corps opaque. cela est d une matiere opaque …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Opaque — O*paque , a. [F., fr. L. opacus. Cf. {Opacous}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Impervious to the rays of light; not transparent; as, an opaque substance. [1913 Webster] 2. Obscure; not clear; unintelligible. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Opaque — O*paque , n. That which is opaque; opacity. Young. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • opaque — (adj.) early 15c., opake, from L. opacus shaded, shady, dark, of unknown origin. Spelling influenced after c.1650 by Fr. opaque (c.1500), from the Latin. Figurative use from 1761. Related: Opaquely; opaqueness …   Etymology dictionary

  • opaque — [adj1] clouded, muddy blurred, cloudy, dark, darkened, dim, dirty, dull, dusky, filmy, foggy, frosty, fuliginous, gloomy, hazy, impenetrable, lusterless, misty, muddied, murky, nontranslucent, nontransparent, nubilous, obfuscated, shady, smoky,… …   New thesaurus

  • opaque — ► ADJECTIVE (opaquer, opaquest) 1) not able to be seen through; not transparent. 2) difficult or impossible to understand. ► NOUN Photography ▪ a substance for producing opaque areas on negatives. DERIVATIVES opaquely adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • opaque — I adjective addlebrained, addleheaded, addlepated, ambiguous, asinine, benighted, bewildering, birdbrained, blind, blockish, boeotian, brainless, cloddish, clouded, cloudy, concealed, confused, confusing, cryptic, dark, dense, difficult,… …   Law dictionary

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