from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of such fine texture as to be transparent or translucent: diaphanous tulle.
- adj. Characterized by delicacy of form. See Synonyms at airy.
- adj. Vague or insubstantial: diaphanous dreams of glory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Transparent; allowing light to pass through; capable of being seen through.
- adj. Of a fine, almost transparent texture, e.g. gossamer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Allowing light to pass through, as porcelain; translucent or transparent; pellucid; clear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Transmitting light; permitting the passage of light; transparent; clear; translucent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. so thin as to transmit light
He introduces two female dancers, Silvina Cortés and Olga Cobos, who dip and skim in diaphanous shifts, and although crafted with typical Maliphant precision, this new material is inconsequential and ultimately soporific.
I think she deserves credit for using the word diaphanous & spelling it correctly.
I have no clue how many people are here, but it is a picture-perfect summer evening, breezy and bathed in diaphanous (I've always loved that word) light.
A Pierrette -- in short, diaphanous muslin, her face whitened to match it; a Pierrette who stood slowly spinning on her toes, with arms raised and hands joined in an arch above her glistening hair.
Designer Ashleigh Verrier said her favorite fashion word was "diaphanous" -- an adjective characterizing fineness of texture.
"I never picked up on them until I started to see sheer versions," she said, referring to diaphanous varieties that appeared on spring runways at Jil Sander, Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Lanvin, among others.
The researchers identified a mutation in the DIAPH3 gene that causes over-production of a compound known as a diaphanous protein.
He had removed his robe, to reveal his bright white-furred form clad in shorts and some kind of diaphanous shirt.
But a little while after, when some honey was placed in the cell, they probably found that the metal effected some change in it, for upon taking counsel together they covered the surface of the tin with a kind of diaphanous varnish.
He appears to have confounded Sebamook with Sebago, which is nearer, but has no "diaphanous" rock on its shore.