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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (non-transparent)
a. opaque
No entra la luz porque los vidrios son opacos.The light doesn't get in because the windows are opaque.
b. frosted (with a dull surface)
You'll need to use frosted glass in the bathroom windows.Hay que usar cristales opacos en las ventanas del cuarto de baño.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Se usa una sustancia que es opaca a los rayos X.They use a substance that doesn't let X-rays through.
Este vidrio es opaco a las frecuencias del ultravioleta.This glass doesn't let ultraviolet wavelengths through.
2. (muddy)
a. dull
La piel se le veía opaca y pálida.Her skin looked dull and pale.
3. (unfathomable)
a. opaque
En lo que a regímenes políticos se refiere, debe de ser la región más opaca del mundo.As far as political systems are concerned, it must be the most opaque region in the world.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
a. melancholy
La novela tiene un tono opaco.There's a melancholy feel to the novel.
b. gloomy
Se sentía un ambiente opaco en la sala de espera del hospital.The hospital waiting room had a gloomy atmosphere.
c. sad
A lo lejos se oía el sonido opaco y melancólico de un violonchelo.In the distance, you could hear the sad and melancholy sound of a cello.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. opaque
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1 (no transparente) opaque
una pantalla opaca a los rayos X a screen which does not let X-rays through; a screen opaque to X-rays
2 (sin brillo) dull; lifeless
3 (triste) gloomy; sad
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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