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Definition so thin that light passes through it
  • Clary tugged a little self-consciously at the diaphanous material of the silver dress.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • A meek shy light appeared in the East, where stretched a diaphanous fleece of white furrowed vapor.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Some auras were just wisps of diaphanous tinted smoke, others were dark spots and sheets of solid muddy colors.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • The gold became a diaphanous, glittering globe.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • To me, a barbarous Englishman, has been entrusted the revelation of this diaphanous mystery.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • Her dress was white and silver too, as diaphanous as a sheet of ice; one could glimpse her body through it, though not clearly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Layers of pale floral ruffling have sprouted all over her, and wave from her shoulders like diaphanous wings.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • But for d'Artagnan all aspects were clothed happily, all ideas wore a smile, all shades were diaphanous.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He tugged on it, and a diaphanous membrane unspooled from within the wall.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Langdon took a deep breath and turned to face the eerie collection of diaphanous vaults.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The breeze rustled leaves in a dry and diaphanous distance.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I see the world through a diaphanous curtain of blood.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • The mists rose like layers of diaphanous scarves above Victoria Harbour as the huge jet circled for the final approach into Kai Tak Airport.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • She leans down long enough to retrieve her diaphanous shawl and disappears, her arm raised so that the shawl trails behind her, a shimmering banner.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • It looked particularly bad, for example, on Frau Stohr, whose arms were too spongy—diaphanous clothes were simply not for her.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I pulled back the thin diaphanous curtain that covered the windows and spotted my friend Ayana outside with her mother.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • What had been leanness in her youth had become transparency in her maturity; and this diaphaneity allowed the angel to be seen.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She was as beautiful as ever, her dress a diaphanous mixture of silver and gold, her hair like rosy copper as she arranged it gently over one white shoulder.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Her Majesty was three times the size of her largest soldiers—a towering mass of black chitin and barbed appendages, with diaphanous oval wings folded against her back.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • Then my gaze slid over the people to the blaze of green beyond the diaphanous curtains, and I felt as if I were sitting in the window of an enormous department store.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar

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