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Silk vs Diaphanous - What's the difference?

silk | diaphanous |

As adjectives the difference between silk and diaphanous

is that silk is made of silk while diaphanous is transparent or translucent; allowing light to pass through; capable of being seen through.

As a noun silk

is a fine fiber excreted by the silkworm or other arthropod (such as a spider).

As a verb silk

is {{cx|transitive|lang=en}} To remove the silk from (corn).



(wikipedia silk)


(en noun)
  • (uncountable) A fine fiber excreted by the silkworm or other arthropod (such as a spider).
  • The silk thread was barely visible.
  • (uncountable) A fine, soft cloth woven from silk fibers.
  • I had a small square of silk , but it wasn't enough to make what I wanted.
  • That which resembles silk, such as the filiform styles of the female flower of maize.
  • The gown worn by a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel.
  • (colloquial) A Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel.
  • Derived terms

    * make a silk purse of a sow's ear * silken * silky * silkweaver * silkweaving * silkworm * smooth as silk * take silk

    See also

    * sericin


  • Made of .
  • *
  • *:It was flood-tide along Fifth Avenue; motor, brougham, and victoria swept by on the glittering current; pretty women glanced out from limousine and tonneau; young men of his own type, silk -hatted, frock-coated, the crooks of their walking sticks tucked up under their left arms, passed on the Park side.
  • Looking like silk, silken.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=2 citation , passage=Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety.  She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.}}


    (en verb)
  • To remove the silk from (corn).
  • * 2013 , Lynetra T. Griffin, From Whence We Came (page 17)
  • While we shucked and silked the corn, we talked, sang old nursery rhymes






    (en adjective)
  • Transparent or translucent; allowing light to pass through; capable of being seen through.
  • * 1899 , Joseph Conrad,
  • The water shone pacifically; the sky, without a speck, was a benign immensity of unstained light; the very mist on the Essex marsh was like a gauzy and radiant fabric, hung from the wooded rises inland, and draping the low shores in diaphanous folds.
  • * 1999 , Nicholas Humphrey, A History of the Mind: Evolution and the Birth of Consciousness , page 96,
  • But nonetheless the purpleness of the imagined purple cow will almost certainly be meaner, more diaphanous , more fleeting than any real-life purple that you ever saw: to imagine a purple cow is just not the same thing as to have a purple sensation (or at least a purple sensation worth the name).
  • * 2004 , , Margaret Maulden (translator), Madame Bovary: Provincial Manners , page 98,
  • The evening mist, drifting among the leafless poplars, veiled their silhouettes with a violet film, paler and more translucent than the most diaphanous gauze that might have caught in their branches.
  • Of a fine, almost transparent, texture; gossamer; light and insubstantial.
  • * 1951', , Unpublished preface to a collection, '''2007 , Mark Richardson (editor), ''The Collected Prose of Robert Frost , page 169,
  • The most diaphanous wings carry a burden of pollen from flower to flower.
  • * 1963', , quoted in '''1985 , Floyd Merrell, ''Deconstruction Reframed , page 67,
  • What is amazing is that "a concept that is created by mind itself, the sequence of integers, the simplest and most diaphanous thing for the constructive mind, assumes a similar aspect of obscurity and deficiency when viewed from the axiomatic angle" (Weyl, 1963, 220).


    * (allowing light to pass through) translucent * delicate, insubstantial


    * (transparent or translucent) opaque * concrete, solid