Definition of invisible in English:


Syllabification: in·vis·i·ble
Pronunciation: /inˈvizəbəl


  • 1Unable to be seen; not visible to the eye: this invisible gas is present to some extent in every home
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    • Gas-detecting devices currently used by investigators can detect the presence of gas which is invisible to the naked eye but not the source of the leak.
    • The gas was invisible, and without taste, without smell.
    • Radon is an invisible gas found in certain types of rock and soil, which can cause cancer if it seeps into houses and is breathed in over prolonged periods.
  • 1.1Concealed from sight; hidden: he lounged in a doorway, invisible in the dark
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    • Alex had been found hiding in the boys changing rooms rambling on about something invisible in the dark, something that had killed Lizzie and he couldn't stop it.
    • Rine muttered under her breath and waved her hand, and the orange flames turned a dark blue, almost invisible against the dark tree roots and casting no light at all.
    • Against a dark backdrop, invisible footlights pick out Paganini's lithe silhouette, sheathed in a formal black suit.
    unable to be seen, not visible; undetectable, indiscernible, inconspicuous, imperceptible; unseen, unnoticed, unobserved, hidden, veiled, obscured, out of sight
  • 1.2Treated as if unable to be seen; ignored or not taken into consideration: before 1971, women artists were pretty well invisible
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    • It's hard to take being treated like invisible people, or people who simply don't count.
    • The feeling that they are invisible, forgotten and ignored runs deep.
    • Folks don't like to be ignored or treated as if they are invisible.
  • 1.3 Economics Relating to or denoting earnings that a country makes from the sale of services or other items not constituting tangible commodities: tourism is the most important of our invisible exports
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    • It is much easier and can be highly profitable to transmit invisible commodities.
    • Overseas construction is a critical source of foreign currency and invisible export earnings.
    • Pragmatically it was also an attempt to assure the retention of London as a key international financial centre, with consequent invisible earnings accruing to the country.


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  • (invisibles) Invisible exports and imports.
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    • Our balance of payments got progressively worse and NZ started to borrow overseas to bridge the gap between our imports plus invisibles, and falling exports.
    • Substantial invisible earnings meant that Britain could sustain a trade deficit, the value of exports being less than imports, without experiencing a balance of payments deficit because invisibles added to exports exceeded imports.
    • This data does not include software exports which are shown under invisibles.



Pronunciation: /-ˌvizəˈbilitē/
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  • At other times, they protested at their own invisibility.
  • So a walk around London taught me something about the antecedents of our economic system, and to wonder about their near invisibility today.
  • Although the National Executive did not support the boycott, their leadership on this issue was tepid to the point of invisibility.


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  • The projector is mounted to the ceiling with all cables hidden in the ceiling above and explains the need for the long cables to track everything invisibly.
  • A coded sequence of extremely short high energy pulses to achieve high-rate comms - very low average energy, and can coexist invisibly with many radio services.
  • A resolutely unglamorous job, it is done best when it is done invisibly and inaudibly, and a measure of Ferguson's success in it can be taken from the dearth of headlines during her tenure.


Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin invisibilis, from in- 'not' + visibilis (see visible).

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