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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Diaphaneity The quality of being diaphanous; transparency; pellucidness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n diaphaneity The power of transmitting light; transparency; diaphanousness; pellucidness.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. diaphanéité,. See Diaphanous


In literature:

The Old Muslin I call him, because he's so diaphanous.
"The Weavers, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
By rhythmic reversion, sextillion worlds passed into diaphanous luster; fire became firmament.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
The lanterns of the royal blood were clad partly with bastard-diamonds, partly with diaphanous stones; the rest with horn, paper, and oiled cloth.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book V." by Francois Rabelais
A plume of steam that looked faint and diaphanous in the strong light blew away from the noisy machine.
"Lister's Great Adventure" by Harold Bindloss
It was certainly a diaphanous thing of many layers of chiffon, graduating in colour from flame to palest apricot pink.
"Bambi" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
The diaphanous quality of the girlish costume is skilfully worked out, as are also the accessories of the room.
"Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D." by Clara Erskine Clement
Some of the latter were so diaphanous as to be perfectly invisible when immersed in the water.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
This liquid perfume he drank in those Chinese porcelains called egg-shell, so light and diaphanous they are.
"Against The Grain" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
There was nothing about her diaphanous, nothing undecided, nothing floating, no mist.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
The widow snatched up a diaphanous lace handkerchief and began rubbing her nose.
"The Widow" by Helen Rowland
I believe that 'consciousness,' when once it has evaporated to this estate of pure diaphaneity, is on the point of disappearing altogether.
"Essays in Radical Empiricism" by William James
They are not languishing, diaphanous creatures; they are the embodiment of health and strength.
"Her Royal Highness Woman" by Max O'Rell
Only the murmuring tops of the sharp trees emerged in the diaphanous azure of the skies.
"The Enemies of Women" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
At this moment a fair vision of youth and beauty in diaphanous summer draperies came into sight on the river bank just above him.
"Peter Binney" by Archibald Marshall
These diaphanous little flowers, with their long stamens resting on the lower side of the perianth, are like diminutive azaleas.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
Such hurried needless mufflings with diaphanous veilings!
"A Prince of Dreamers" by Flora Annie Steel
Eric turned, and there, behind him, was a whole procession of diaphanous figures all following his footsteps.
"The Dreamer of Dreams" by Marie, Queen of Roumania
The houses are low and clean-looking, as if no smoke ever fell on them from the pure diaphanous air.
"Homes and Haunts of the Most Eminent British Poets, Vol. I (of 2)" by William Howitt
On this size all varieties of edges can be produced, and by its diaphanous watery mucilage it gives an excellent ground to work upon.
"The Progress of the Marbling Art" by Josef Halfer
In other words, a suitable design is chiselled in the metal base so as to be visible through the diaphanous enamel.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

Now through the wave diaphanous,
A Naiad to my hopes
You shone; a swimming glory rose
Showering the water drops;
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose
A great geometer is he;
For, on the creek's diaphanous silk,
Sphere, cone, and star exquisitely
He's drawn in crystal lines of milk.
"Frost" by Madison Julius Cawein
Nor of her body's languorous
Wind-grace, that glanced like starlight through
Her clinging robe's diaphanous
Web of the mist and dew.
"The Garden Of Dreams" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Diaphanous, dainty and above all delicious.
Ferretti diaphanous, dainty for next summer.
Diaphanous, dainty and above all delicious.
Mystics and romantics probably considered the diaphanous strands the breath of angels, while to the more paranoid-minded it was a government conspiracy.
In the climax of Morning Glory, Rachel McAdams is dressed in a flesh-colored, diaphanous cocktail dress, its halter top and tight bodice giving way to spilling tulle.
In the climax of Morning Glory, Rachel McAdams is dressed in a flesh-colored, diaphanous cocktail dress, its halter top and tight bodice giving way to spilling tulle.
Italian designer Alberta Ferretti has been dubbed Milan's resident "queen of chiffon," and her signature flowing, diaphanous goddess gowns have entranced Hollywood and women in search of the romantic, ethereal look for more than 30 years.