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opaque as in:  opaque shower door

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  • The bathroom has natural light that comes through an opaque window.
    opaque = unable to be seen through
  • About ten miles past the end of the improved road the Stampede Trail crosses the Teklanika River, a fast, icy stream whose waters are opaque with glacial till.   (source)
    opaque = impossible to see through
  • The once-narrow ribbon of smoke had become an opaque mass that belched from the top half of the barn's entryway.   (source)
    opaque = unable to be seen through
  • He woke before dawn and watched the gray day break. Slow and half opaque.   (source)
    opaque = unable to be seen through at all
  • They have told us that our atmosphere is what they call opaque, so that the stars are not visible, and then they were surprised that we know stars, that we know their music and the movements of their dance far better than beings like you who spend hours studying them through what you call telescopes.   (source)
    opaque = impossible to see through
  • Desperate, he thought of running to the weir to fish her out from there, but the water was an opaque muddy green.   (source)
  • He and Nadia journeyed to the sea, and stood on a rock, and put bread on the hook, and tried to fish, alone, two people by themselves, all but surrounded by water the breeze was chopping into opaque hillocks, concealing what lay beneath, and they fished and fished for hours, taking turns, but neither of them knew how to fish, or maybe they were just unlucky, and though they felt nibbles, they caught nothing, and it was as though they were merely feeding their bread to the insatiable…   (source)
  • The squat windows of his basement apartment were always grimy, opaque with steel-factory soot and ash, but in the spring there were lilacs blooming, sprays of white and lavender pressing against the glass, their scent drifting in like light.   (source)
    opaque = not able to see through at all
  • Almost instantly a white cloud of starch rises up and turns the water opaque.   (source)
    opaque = cloudy so it is no longer clear
  • He was almost on the rocks before he saw them; on a night less calm he would have been shattered against them. With his remaining strength he dragged himself from the swirling waters. Jagged crags appeared to jut up into the opaqueness;   (source)
    opaqueness = the quality of being impossible to see through (a sky so black it hung like a black blanket that blocked vision of anything beyond it)
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  • It grew clouded and opaque even as they stared.   (source)
    opaque = completely incapable of being seen through
  • The wiser effort would have been to diffuse thought and imagination through the opaque substance of to-day, and thus to make it a bright transparency; to spiritualise the burden that began to weigh so heavily; to seek, resolutely, the true and indestructible value that lay hidden in the petty and wearisome incidents, and ordinary characters with which I was now conversant.   (source)
    opaque = impossible to see through
  • When Scrooge awoke, it was so dark, that looking out of bed, he could scarcely distinguish the transparent window from the opaque walls of his chamber.   (source)
  • For a second I caught a hesitation, an opacity, in her wide brown eyes, and then the eyes brightened again.†   (source)
  • Shades of color in different piles...sizes in different piles...grain shapes in different piles...subtypes of grain shapes in different piles...grades of opacity in different piles...and so on, and on, and on.†   (source)
  • But in successive turns you grow an opacity, a pearl-like glow whose surface can repel all manner of heat and light.†   (source)
  • Some discreet accommodation had been made for their tastes, and they mingled among the others holding sleek metal flutes, plucked from the champagne table, whose opacity hid the liquid inside.†   (source)
  • She and her mother had identical brown eyes, with a dull, exhausted opacity about them.†   (source)
  • She moved but like a cloud in skies, aware but only of the nebulous edges of her feeling and the vanishing opacity of her will, the carelessness for the water of the river through which her body had already passed as well as for what was ahead.†   (source)
  • The pupils grew smaller and smaller, as though he were looking into an intensely bright light, until they seemed to close entirely, until his eyes were nothing but an opaque blue.   (source)
  • The water, opaque with glacial sediment and only a few degrees warmer than the ice it had so recently been, was the color of wet concrete.   (source)
  • Reaching as high as I could with my left arm, I swung the ax gently at the shiny, opaque surface, not knowing what I'd hit beneath it.   (source)
  • A film closed over the past as she spoke, a barrier as brittle and fragile as ice forming. It would grow and strengthen. It would become impenetrable, opaque.   (source)
  • though it was of no consequence to him, and Nadia, who had not considered the order of their departure until that moment, and realized there was no good option for either of them, that there were risks to each, to going first and to going second, did not argue, but approached the door, and drawing close she was struck by its darkness, its opacity, the way that it did not reveal what was on the other side, and also did not reflect what was on this side, and so felt equally like a beginning and an end, and she turned to Saeed and found him staring at her, and his face was full of worry, and sorrow, and she took his hands in hers and held them tight, and then, releasing them, and without†   (source)
  • In an eclipse in the night, in the sooty opacity, there is anxiety even for the stoutest of hearts.†   (source)
  • Who knows whether these opacities will not become transparent?†   (source)
  • The light from the tiny lamps fell in all sorts of odd forms, as the rays crossed each other, or the opacity of our bodies threw great shadows.†   (source)
  • The waggon and its load rolled no longer on the horizontal division between clearness and opacity, but were imbedded in an elastic body of a monotonous pallor throughout.†   (source)
  • The face of the heath by its mere complexion added half an hour to evening; it could in like manner retard the dawn, sadden noon, anticipate the frowning of storms scarcely generated, and intensify the opacity of a moonless midnight to a cause of shaking and dread.†   (source)
  • The strange luminous semi-opacities of fine autumn afternoons and eves intensified into Rembrandt effects the few yellow sunbeams which came through holes and divisions in the canvas, and spirted like jets of gold-dust across the dusky blue atmosphere of haze pervading the tent, until they alighted on inner surfaces of cloth opposite, and shone like little lamps suspended there.†   (source)
  • Nor does it follow from hence, that Spirits are Nothing: for they have dimensions, and are therefore really Bodies; though that name in common Speech be given to such Bodies onely, as are visible, or palpable; that is, that have some degree of Opacity: But for Spirits, they call them Incorporeall; which is a name of more honour, and may therefore with more piety bee attributed to God himselfe; in whom wee consider not what Attribute expresseth best his Nature, which is Incomprehensible; but what best expresseth our desire to honour him.†   (source)
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opaque as in:  opaque explanation

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  • She answered in a polite tone, but her answer was opaque.
    opaque = not understandable
  • Regulator are concerned that the true risks faced by large financial institutions are opaque due to the complexity of modern financial instruments.
  • A few minutes later, Max Vandenburg was in the room, noiseless and opaque.   (source)
    opaque = impossible to read (not showing what he was thinking)
  • But when it came to knowing his thoughts, Edgar could be as opaque as a rock.   (source)
    opaque = difficult to understand (see into)
  • Maybe we needed to give shape to the opaque, deep-down pain that evades both sense and senses.   (source)
    opaque = difficult to understand
  • The great expanses of wall space were opaque with canvas, portraits in oil of deceased headmasters, a founder or two, forgotten leaders of the faculty, a beloved athletic coach none of us had ever heard of, a lady we could not identify—her fortune had largely rebuilt the school; a nameless poet who was thought when under the school's protection to be destined primarily for future generations; a young hero now anonymous who looked theatrical in the First World War uniform in which he…   (source)
  • ...but Lola had crossed her arms and paid decorous, grown-up compliments through a half smile that was too opaque for the detection of irony.   (source)
    opaque = hard to read (not showing what he was thinking)
  • The opaque, mad look came into his eyes again.   (source)
    opaque = impossible to understand
  • Nadia frequently explored the terrain of social media, though she left little trace of her passing, not posting much herself, and employing opaque usernames and avatars, the online equivalents of her black robes.   (source)
    opaque = difficult to understand
  • Before, dark and opaque bodies had surrounded me, impervious to my touch or sight; but I now found that I could wander on at liberty, with no obstacles which I could not either surmount or avoid.   (source)
    opaque = impossible to understand
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  • They were silent on the mountain-top while the opaque look appeared in Jack's eyes and passed away.   (source)
  • IF EDGAR HAD BEEN INWARD and opaque to her at five, now he was a total mystery.   (source)
    opaque = difficult to understand
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  • Icicles, heavy and opaque and thick as a wrist, hung dripping from the roof and windowsills as if suspended in the act of falling.†   (source)
  • That had quickly lost its thrill, but perhaps his obsession with telling time had just been internalized, gone opaque.†   (source)
  • It was Stan, from Paul's gang, and he was cut in half, just his torso above the waist remaining, his eyes staring at me, unseeing and opaque.†   (source)
  • The sky was many clouds at many levels, some thick and opaque, others looking like smoke.†   (source)
  • With wonder, she ran her fingers over the beautiful marble horses that stood along the edge of the pool and gazed down at the water with opaque eyes.†   (source)
  • Adult-sized, opaque, in a wool so soft that it almost slid through my fingers.†   (source)
  • An opaque partition raised behind them, sealing off the back.†   (source)
  • "Yes," said Dumbledore, prodding the thoughts in the basin again; Bertha sank back into them, and they became silvery and opaque once more.†   (source)
  • As if this proclamation had triggered it, the invisible shield turned opaque again, fogging to a splotchy white.†   (source)
  • Werner sees the roving cane and opaque lenses of her glasses and realizes that she is blind.†   (source)
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  • Sticky, as if someone had pulled a string in his back, promptly answered, "To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive, or to otherwise render indistinct."†   (source)
  • His eyes remained perfectly opaque.†   (source)
  • The light in the kitchen came opaquely through the wet windows; the room was warm, and on the table, neatly arranged, lay a collection of candles, a kerosene lantern, two flashlights, and a box of wooden matches.†   (source)
  • It was an especially dark night, cloudy and starless; the moon was just an opaque sliver in the fog.†   (source)
  • Red marble, its white veins illuminated in the light of the sun, which slowly vanished as the opaque glass doors groaned shut.†   (source)
  • We ran through a small thicket of trees, hugging tight against these huge opaque tanks that might have stored animals, and then we came out to an asphalt path and I could see the big amphitheater where Shamu splashed me when I was a kid.†   (source)
  • Opaque green plastic covered a thin row of windows near the high ceilings, swathing the building in a dingy haze.†   (source)
  • It's so grimy it's practically opaque, but if I squint I can just make out a few shapes in the obscurity of the cell: a single bed with a flimsy, dirty mattress; a toilet; a bucket that looks like it might be the human equivalent of a dog's water bowl.†   (source)
  • Though I hadn't been around them very much myself; the main thing I remembered was the complete absence of blood feeling between us, the opaque way they looked at me as if I was some random kid who'd wandered over from the mall.†   (source)
  • Ender found the scanner, a sheet of opaque plastic.†   (source)
  • Her opaque fifties sunglasses were black and slanty-eyed, with rhinestones on the corners of the frames.†   (source)
  • His eyes had the opaque, polished surface of stone.†   (source)
  • We continued to watch the porpoises as they moved away from us, eventually vanishing from view under a sky that had grown opaque.†   (source)
  • The needle inside the greasy, almost opaque dial had danced up to two hundred and fifteen pounds per square inch.†   (source)
  • Opaque black tights cover her calves.†   (source)
  • My visor opaqued.†   (source)
  • Everything is solid and opaque and realistic.†   (source)
  • They were taking prisoners, invisible behind grey steel sides and small opaque glass windows, from the Pawiak gaol to the Gestapo centre in Szuch Alley, and on the return journey they brought back what remained of them after their interrogation: bloody scraps of humanity with broken bones and beaten kidneys, their fingernails torn out.†   (source)
  • At night it fell past the electric lights in sheets so thick they were nearly opaque.†   (source)
  • She blinked slowly when it was over, her eyes peculiarly opaque despite the fact that she was clearly in the present.†   (source)
  • If the October dove she could lose herself in an opaque field—presuming she got there fast enough.†   (source)
  • Her eyes opaque and without emotion.†   (source)
  • He fixed her with eyes as opaque as smoked glass.†   (source)
  • Allegedly, it could get almost opaque in the autumn months.†   (source)
  • Underneath, the water was green and semi-opaque as a hunk of quartz.†   (source)
  • During the night, the mephitic vapors had accumulated low to the ground, and now the dim morning light gilded the turgid clouds, turning them opaque.†   (source)
  • It can be opaque but never solid.†   (source)
  • Even its windows are made of frosted white opaque glass to keep the artifacts inside safe from the light.†   (source)
  • It is messy and opaque.†   (source)
  • The back doors look opaque and black from the outside, but from the inside they're transparent, so we can see where we're going.†   (source)
  • She had the opaque look of a hair-curlered woman on the evening news whose house had been buried in mud.†   (source)
  • They did not see her, her husband and her son; their eyes were on the fire and on the ocean, smooth as opaque glass at this hour.†   (source)
  • His eyes were opaque and inaccessible as he watched me, but I suspected there was a lot going on behind them.†   (source)
  • I was abruptly handcuffed, taken from the car, and placed in a sealed police van with small opaque windows reinforced with wire netting.†   (source)
  • Time's passage through the memory is like molten glass that can be opaque or crystallize at any given moment at will: a thousand days are melted into one conversation, one glance, one hurt, and one hurt can be shattered and sprinkled over a thousand days.†   (source)
  • Opaque.†   (source)
  • Professor Tom James, a sort of opaque, soft-spoken man in his early forties, is no match for the lack of natural light and the humming ventilation system in this basement classroom.†   (source)
  • At first I didn't see the soldiers at all—just a giant, swirling mass of insects, so dense it was opaque, about fifty feet down the footpath.†   (source)
  • I saw the churning, opaque green water far below.†   (source)
  • Through the almost opaque blinds, I could see the sky was dark.†   (source)
  • I contemplated the I.U.D, a narrow band of opaque white plastic less than an inch long, attached to the strand of copper wire.†   (source)
  • Globules of perspiration glistened like transparent pearls around his mustache and swelled like opaque blisters under his eyes.†   (source)
  • The driver, an elderly man with one opaque eye, reached out the window every few minutes to knock loose the ice obscuring the wiperless windshield.†   (source)
  • Opaque skylights glowed on the twenty-foot ceilings.†   (source)
  • It was opaque, and we could not see what was happening behind it, although the fabric fluttered with movement and activity.†   (source)
  • It wasn't as black or opaque as ink, but it would work well enough.†   (source)
  • Since they were not in separate cells behind opaque glass windows, Bourne presumed that neither had a three-zero account.†   (source)
  • For a swift instant, between the gesture and the opaque glitter of his glasses, I saw the blinking of sightless eyes.†   (source)
  • I think I sensed something missing: the protective opaqueness that many Americans, maybe especially black Americans, learn to put on for strangers, certainly by the time they are thirty.†   (source)
  • The bird would cross the sun and lift into the mountains (which look like the ideograph "mountain"), there parting the mist briefly that swirled opaque again.†   (source)
  • The windows are opaque with the steam of bodies.†   (source)
  • When she found out on Monday morning that he'd only been in jail, surrounded by opaque steel, it had been a relief.†   (source)
  • His emotions had clogged into a still, solid, opaque ball within him, which the thought of the men who operated the Taggart system could not pierce; those men were merely enemies to be outwitted.†   (source)
  • Plus minor touches—opaque nail enamel, plastic inserts for cheeks and nostrils and of course she wore her dark-eyed contact lenses.†   (source)
  • She watched his eyes go opaque seconds before she felt the orgasm rip through him.†   (source)
  • Earlier, when Fidel stole home, the crowd was uncontrollably wild, but this intentional base-on-balls caused a strange opaque silence.†   (source)
  • Then Cryshal-Tirith suddenly fell dark, its once glassy and vibrant sides taking on an opaque, deathly stillness.†   (source)
  • He would peer at their miniature opaque housings, twist them around in the light, and he was always holding them up to his ear and shaking them, as if trying to rattle loose their secrets.†   (source)
  • And if bottles of mineral water could pacify the light of mountains, fields, and the sea, to what painful mysteries would the lens of beauty be opaque?†   (source)
  • But when she holds her son's face in her hands, Celia sees only an opaque resentment.†   (source)
  • But for every shimmering silk pavilion there were two dozen of felt or canvas, opaque and dark.†   (source)
  • Their economy is still opaque to us.†   (source)
  • She gazed up at them with a bland, opaque smile, her face oddly free of smile lines.†   (source)
  • With the opaque hood shielding his eyes, he lived in a world of permanent night.†   (source)
  • The windows of the cab were tightly closed and opaque with streaming rain.†   (source)
  • In an all-night Mexican greasy spoon off 24th, she found a piece of her past, in the form of one Jesus Arrabal, who was sitting in a corner under the TV set, idly stirring his bowl of opaque soup with the foot of a chicken.†   (source)
  • We were flying in the midst of an opaque gray cloud and frequently I was unable even to see the wingtip.†   (source)
  • Not in Miss Eckhart as she stands solidly and almost opaquely in the surround of her story, but in the making of her character out of my most inward and most deeply feeling self, I would say I have found my voice in my fiction.†   (source)
  • Their voices continued from below in opaque colloquy, singsong, a dim babble.†   (source)
  • Sam Hazzard smiled with his eyes, as if light from within penetrated the opaque gray.†   (source)
  • Out of the east crept a permeating greyness; a pearly opaqueness in the sky; the sun-up of another day.†   (source)
  • At the cottage on Godfries' Pond one time he'd sat on the little gray rowboat dock with Will Jr and Ben Jr—he remembered it as if it was yesterday: a night like tonight, chilly, a kind of dying of summer, sky full of lifeless, opaque light, a large, vague circle around the moon.†   (source)
  • Standing by the window, the flabby, elderly prosector was holding up a jar with some opaque liquid against the light and examining it over the top of his glasses.†   (source)
  • He would have eaten in one of these places, small, weakly lighted holes-in-the-wall, opaque with the smoke of overheated lard, some for Negroes, some for whites, which served railroad men and the unexplainable nighthawks you found in any fair-sized town.†   (source)
  • Reich, who had never succumbed to the fashion of wearing ultra-violet windows in his clothes, stood secure in his opaque suit, watching with contempt the quick, roving eyes around him, searching, appraising, comparing, desiring.†   (source)
  • Its surface was dull and smeary, almost opaque.†   (source)
  • He rolls open an eyelid, sees the opaque white.†   (source)
  • Its huge opaque eyes look like the front end of a riot-gear helmet.†   (source)
  • The dean turned his eerie, opaque eyes toward Langdon.†   (source)
  • The mist swirled in smoky vortexes around the furniture and shrouded the room in opaque haze.†   (source)
  • A not-so-opaque allusion to her father, one would gather.†   (source)
  • Water around the raft, until a moment before opaquely black, showed itself to be crowded with fish.†   (source)
  • His eyes were opaque and white, clouded with cataracts.†   (source)
  • Shoulders hunched, her blue eyes opaque, she seemed to disappear inside herself.†   (source)
  • The glass of the window had been blacked out, coated on the inside with an opaque paint.†   (source)
  • Up close the colonel was more inebriated than I had surmised, his sleepy eyes opaque.†   (source)
  • The dark features beyond the opaque bubble were his!†   (source)
  • Steve glanced out the window; dusk was coming, and the water was turning opaque.†   (source)
  • Outside the car, the winds have died down and the darkness seems less opaque.†   (source)
  • Half-opaque shadows exploded from her open palms.†   (source)
  • Soon she was a fragile pile of opaque bones, with yellowed nails and no monthly blood.†   (source)
  • Underneath were cushioned chairs and opaque glass-topped tables.†   (source)
  • The brown sedan with the dark, opaque windows was nowhere in the parking area.†   (source)
  • Her costume was opaque some places but not the usual places.†   (source)
  • She was dressed in rubies the size of your thumb and reasonably opaque cloth.†   (source)
  • Her eyes, which reflected her moods as the river reflected the sky, were gray and opaque.†   (source)
  • Ron's smile slipped slightly as he looked out of the window, which was now opaque with hammering rain.†   (source)
  • As a request it was opaque.†   (source)
  • She could not blush, but her transparent cheeks became more opaque, and her voice was heated as she replied, "Of course I — how dare you suggest —?"†   (source)
  • It was darker now, opaque, streaked with oil and gasoline, polluted with debris, food, garbage, clothing, pieces of homes.†   (source)
  • The glass case in which the sword of Godric Gryffindor resided gleamed white and opaque, the fragments of the instruments Harry had thrown to the floor glistened like raindrops, and behind him, the baby Fawkes made soft chirruping noises in his nest of ashes.†   (source)
  • All possible surfaces of it are upholstered; the colours are those of the inside of the body — the maroon of kidneys, the reddish purple of hearts, the opaque blue of veins, the ivory of teeth and bones.†   (source)
  • Dumbledore — I mean, your brother — wanted us — " The firelight made the grimy lenses of Aberforth's glasses momentarily opaque, a bright flat white, and Harry remembered the blind eyes of the giant spider, Aragog.†   (source)
  • He swam deeper and deeper, out toward the middle of the lake, his eyes wide, staring through the eerily gray-lit water around him to the shadow beyond, where the water became opaque.†   (source)
  • Danny's face rose before him, not Danny's normal face, lively and alert, the eyes sparkling and open, but the catatonic, zombielike face of a stranger, the eyes dull and opaque, the mouth pursed babyishly around his thumb.†   (source)
  • Then, with bladder empty and conscience clear, he would look up at Estha with opaque green eyes that stood in his grizzled skull like scummy pools and weave his way back to his damp cushion, leaving wet footprints on the floor.†   (source)
  • The day's colors slowly dissolved into gray, and the distant mountain peaks became opaque silhouettes of crouching giants.†   (source)
  • He could calculate her rage, but there was something in this new expression which was as opaque as it was childish.†   (source)
  • But before Thomas could see what happened, the invisible wall separating them started to fog up, whitening to an opaque blur in a matter of seconds.†   (source)
  • No doors: the arched entrances are farcaster portals, a few opaqued with privacy curtains, most open to observation and entry.†   (source)
  • When Werner overhears Frederick's mother say to a woman, "Oh, the Schwartzenberger crone will be gone by year's end, then we'll have the top floor, du wirst schon sehen," he glances at Frederick, whose smudged eyeglasses have gone opaque in the candlelight, whose makeup looks strange and lewd now, as though it has intensified the bruises rather than concealed them, and a feeling of great uneasiness overtakes him.†   (source)
  • By noon the smell of the sea was eviscerated, the sight of it mistily depleted, too; one's field of vision narrowed in close, went blurry and snowbound, fuzzy and opaque, the sharp scent of frost burned in the nostrils of those who ventured out of doors.†   (source)
  • Father never felt more present to Abdullah, more vibrant, revealed, more truthful, than when he told his stories, as though the tales were pinholes into his opaque, inscrutable world.†   (source)
  • I mean to say, it is not a traveling cloak imbued with a Disillusionment Charm, or carrying a Bedazzling Hex, or else woven from Demiguise hair, which will hide one initially but fade with the years until it turns opaque.†   (source)
  • The boy looked at him with opaque eyes.†   (source)
  • Though they weren't conscious of it because of the boarded windows, the sky had turned an opaque and angry black.†   (source)
  • I considered the stark contrast between her and my Sukeena-one so pale and translucent, one so dark and opaque.†   (source)
  • We must have resembled three mathematicians so lost in their highly refined work that they haven't noticed how quaint and opaque the terminology is, how double-meaning'd.†   (source)
  • I remembered the inky appearance of the pool-ripe with suggestions of what might lurk beneath its opaque surface-and shuddered.†   (source)
  • In that car it was no problem; except for the windshield, the windows were not merely tinted, they were damn near opaque, which meant from the outside they were opaque.†   (source)
  • Cordelia sits with nonchalance, nudging me with her elbow now and then, staring blankly at the other people with her gray-green eyes, opaque and glinting as metal.†   (source)
  • Holding his breath, he watched as the fog in front of them grew more silver by the moment, before changing to a pale yellow, then an opaque white, and finally an almost blinding brightness.†   (source)
  • Their inky color made them almost opaque, which gave them an appearance of strength and solidity that Eragon had not seen in a dragon's scales before; it was as if Shruikan were plated with stone or metal, not gems.†   (source)
  • And was there a back room, because isn't there always a back room, another splintering of desire, a little more refined and personalized, and in the back room weren't the magazines cased in acetate folders, maybe these were rare issues or rare labels, or maybe the folders themselves were the fetish items here, dust-veneered, handled, nearly opaque some of them, a dullish sort of plastic with a faint odor and prophylactic feel, like condoms for reading matter, and maybe there's another room where you need to whisper a password and this is the room with folders only, empty folders, handled a thousand times, and Eleanor was completely creeped out by this place, it was more than she'd bargaine†   (source)
  • The roof of opaque smoke covered the moon and stars, plunging the land into profound darkness that was broken only by the sullen glow of the sporadic peat fires, and by the thousands of torches each army lit.†   (source)
  • So beautiful, the bones of his small son, opaque yet appearing here as if they were filled with light, translucent images floating in the darkness of his office, as strong and as delicate as the intertwined branches of a tree.†   (source)
  • He darted furtive, guilty glances back as he fled in defeat, afraid the old woman might now start following him, and he welcomed the concealing shelter of the drizzling, drifting, lightless, nearly opaque gloom.†   (source)
  • When a chilly wind swept through she pulled on the rumpled white men's dress shirt she often used as a wrap, her silver-golden hair swept back neatly with a velvety black band, the cast of her eyes opaquely shaded behind the large ovals of her sunglasses.†   (source)
  • Setting the object down on the table, he unrolled the cloth, revealing a gleaming wandlike instrument, made of a pale, opaque crystal.†   (source)
  • For half the year the Tiber was nothing more than muck and reeds, and seldom was anything but opaque, so the fountains of Rome were for Roman youth something to ponder like a river.†   (source)
  • The clouds overhead were a deep gray now, churning like muddy waters stirred up from the bottom of a lake, and inside the station, the skylight—ordinarily a kaleidoscope of pale, translucent aquas—had an opaque look.†   (source)
  • Beneath the opaque surface of the misty water lay a hoard of gems and jewels, gold and silver, that rivaled the treasure of any king in this entire region of the world.†   (source)
  • The old man with the hollow eyes and the stubble of a white beard limped into the dark confessional booth, blinking his eyes repeatedly, trying to focus on the hooded figure beyond the opaque curtain.†   (source)
  • I knew, and in my mind I was trying to reach through the gray veil that now seemed to hang behind my eyes as opaquely as the blue curtain that screened the street beyond the safe.†   (source)
  • The letters, stuck to the opaque glass with adhesive backing, spell out T C BERGER M D. They slant upward, crooked rectangles, like a kid would print them on unlined paper.†   (source)
  • Its granite towers opaquely masked the stars on the horizon, but even in silhouette Cesar could distinguish the saddle formation of El Cerro de la Silla.†   (source)
  • He gave me mint tea in a glass so coated with use that it was opaque, but he handed me companionship, and the tea was wonderful because of it.†   (source)
  • I look at the ceiling light fixture, opaque yellowish glass with the shadows of two or three dead flies caught inside it showing through as if through cloudy jelly.†   (source)
  • I cycled through my yoga poses repeatedly, gazing at the opaque window that let some daylight in; it was the full height of the room and about six inches wide.†   (source)
  • The bright light filtering through the blue tarp reflected off the mullah's oversized glasses and obscured his eyes as he spoke, giving Mortenson the unsettling impression he was listening to a blind man wearing opaque blue lenses.†   (source)
  • Because bomber pilots were more likely to target a cheerfully lit house than another smudge in the dark, every house was blacked out—every porch light dark, every window opaque.†   (source)
  • Even when a splotch of undiluted light happened to fall upon the river, the water appeared chalky white, opaque and opalescent-almost as if it were the milk of some fearsome beast-and seemed to glow with an eerie luminescence all its own.†   (source)
  • 'Oh, my God...!' whispered Liang, his face pale as he stared at David, his eyes opaque glass, his lips parted.†   (source)
  • They did not need to imagine ladders that would lead to heaven, or things of massive size that would astound the heart, because they had them in such profusion that it was difficult to get from town to town, and because of them the sun itself often was denied a chance to shine, or forced to break in gold through opaque ridges of ice and snow whiter than physics would allow.†   (source)
  • He shook her again, and this time her lashes fluttered; he felt his relief like a sudden cold sweat, and then her eyes were open, but they were no longer green; they were an opaque and glowing white, white and blinding as headlights on a dark road, white as the clamoring noise inside his own mind.†   (source)
  • Virgie had often felt herself at some moment callous over, go opaque; she had known it to happen to others; not only when her mother changed on the bed while she was fanning her.†   (source)
  • In no particular order of significance, these were: (I) sudden illumination about my novel, its prognosis heretofore opaque and unyielding; (2) my discovery of Sophie and Nathan; and (3) anticipation of guaranteed sexual fulfillment, for the first time in my unfulfilled life.†   (source)
  • A thick crust of ice and snow covered the windows, and the colored reflections of lighted Christmas trees and the shadows of merrymakers moved across their chalk-white opaque surfaces as on magic lantern screens; it was as though shows were being given for the benefit of pedestrians.†   (source)
  • And still those eyes, opaque, all pupil, belonged to Evelina-I knew, because they saw out, as mine did; weren't warned, as mine weren't, and never shut before the end, as mine would not.†   (source)
  • ~~~SECTION BREAK~~~ CHAPTER TWO THE advance guard of sunlight filtered into the gully, turning the night to powdery opaqueness.†   (source)
  • Submerged to the waist, to the breast, stretching her throat like a sunflower stalk above the river's opaque skin, she kept on, her treasure stacked on the roof of her head, hands laced upon it.†   (source)
  • The warmth of the rays drew this opaqueness up: drew it together into little spirals of mist — random smoke rings from a giant's pipe, that floated lazily above the course of the stream.†   (source)
  • Yet his epistolary style, Sophie had observed, though workable and certainly not illiterate, fell often into clumsy, semi-opaque labyrinthine periods; it had the prosy, crippled rhythms of a man who was Army-educated, a perennial adjutant.†   (source)
  • They had some sort of oiled, opaque linen stretched over them.†   (source)
  • The glass itself turned gray and charred and opaque, as though it had been burned.†   (source)
  • Then, she knew that somewhere in the opaque gloom about her there was shelter, help, a haven of refuge and warmth.†   (source)
  • Instead of the trim, geometrically laid-out cantonments and the larger oblongs of the hangars, nothing was visible but an opaque mist veiling an immense, sun-brown desolation.†   (source)
  • The airshaft was topped by a miniature, slant-roofed skylight whose heavy, opaque, wrinkled glass was protected from breakage by heavy iron netting.†   (source)
  • But Miss Lambert wears an opaque dress, that falls in a cascade from her snow-white ruffle as she sits under a picture of Queen Alexandra pressing one white finger firmly on the page.†   (source)
  • Like our rivers, our land: opaque, slow, violent; shaping and creating the Me of man in its implacable and brooding image.†   (source)
  • But we sat and sat at our supper until it was dark outside and the tea kettle had steamed the windows opaque and inside the house seemed very warm and bright.†   (source)
  • But he had not done so yet, and now the moment, the thought, was an hour past and the pipe lay smoked out and overturned and cold, with a light sprinkling of ashes about it, on the table before Shreve's crossed pink bright-haired arms while he watched Quentin from behind the two opaque and lamp-glared moons of his spectacles.†   (source)
  • Grand's head was buried in the pillow, his cheeks were a greenish gray, his eyes had gone dull, opaque.†   (source)
  • The sun was shining brilliantly in a blue sky, but in the west, behind the mountain, lay a great stationary black cloud, opaque and motionless as a ledge of rock.†   (source)
  • The two lights, the lighted shade to her room and the opaque curtain in the door, burned with a steady and unwavering glare, as if all the people in the house had suddenly died when he touched the knob.†   (source)
  • There was very little of it left and one cup of it took the place of the evening papers, of all the old evenings in cafes, of all chestnut trees that would be in bloom now in this month, of the great slow horses of the outer boulevards, of book shops, of kiosques, and of galleries, of the Parc Montsouris, of the Stade Buffalo, and of the Butte Chaumont, of the Guaranty Trust Company and the Ile de la Cite, of Foyot's old hotel, and of being able to read and relax in the evening; of all the things he had enjoyed and forgotten and that came back to him when he tasted that opaque, bitter, tongue-numbing, brain-warming, stomachwarming, idea-changing liquid alchemy.†   (source)
  • Something of the light that blazes invisible within the abysses of its normally opaque materiality breaks forth, with an increasing uproar.†   (source)
  • Within the facing glass, vast panels deployed, lifted a steady wink of opaque pages until an endless corridor dwindled into night.†   (source)
  • Something like it is expressed in much of that detestable art which the humans call Music, and something like it occurs in Heaven—a meaningless acceleration in the rhythm of celestial experience, quite opaque to us.†   (source)
  • Kneeling, they looked even smaller than before, blobs of clotted darkness hardly more opaque than the gray, smoky haze in which they seemed to float.†   (source)
  • He waited impatiently, mind beating the coverts ...Nothing ...Like a fabric the unknown speech flowed on riftless, opaque, until— "Bah!"†   (source)
  • He could still hear Frau Chauchat's pleasant, opaque voice saying, "What time is it.†   (source)
  • And the skin on them seemed almost coarse, opaque, and white, with fine golden hairs.†   (source)
  • The side of the ship made an opaque belt of shadow on the darkling glassy shimmer of the sea.†   (source)
  • There was an opaque misshapen moon, orange in color, hanging low over the uneven plain.†   (source)
  • The lightning played incessantly, streaking down through opaque darkness of rain.†   (source)
  • For the most part the fibres of a living creature are no more opaque than water.†   (source)
  • Through the dense blackness the waterfall showed dimly opaque.†   (source)
  • A black mass hurled itself over the border of opaque circle, plunged into the light, and halted.†   (source)
  • First you see a darkening of the horizon—no more; then a cloud rises opaque like a wall.†   (source)
  • But the rush never slackened—a rush through opaque, limitless space.†   (source)
  • Hans Castorp was pleased to discover that he could pick out Frau Chauchat's opaque voice.†   (source)
  • Its upper panel is of opaque glass, lettered in black on the outside, FRASER AND WARREN.†   (source)
  • Her guimpe was never sufficiently opaque, and never ascended sufficiently high.†   (source)
  • How many casualties have been caused by these opaque mists!†   (source)
  • The sea was dyed red, and through this opaque liquid I could see nothing else.†   (source)
  • His eye became a degree less opaque: it was as though an incipient film had been removed from it, and she felt the pride of a skilful operator.†   (source)
  • There were picturesque moments when, after centrifuging, the organisms lay in coiling cloudy masses at the bottoms of the tubes; or when the red corpuscles were completely dissolved and the opaque brick-red liquid turned to the color of pale wine.†   (source)
  • Kennicott was as opaque as ever.†   (source)
  • Before it stopped running with a muffled rattle, a cry, a very loud cry, as of infinite desolation, soared slowly in the opaque air.†   (source)
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