Definition of visible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvizəb(ə)l/


1Able to be seen: the church spire is visible from miles away
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  • The flames have been burning a path across southern California, a combustible mix of hot air and nature's unquenchable rage visible for miles around and scarring everything in its path.
  • In the early nineties the quarry was an ugly eyesore on the local landscape with plant equipment visible for miles around and emissions of white dust across the local countryside commonplace.
  • A towering cloud of black smoke flanked by soaring flames was visible for miles around, providing an awesome and menacing picture of the developing inferno.
1.1 Physics (Of light) within the range of wavelengths to which the eye is sensitive.
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  • What's the best technique for defining features smaller than a wavelength of visible light?
  • However, metals usually absorb rather than reflect the shorter wavelengths of infrared and visible light that are required for photonic circuits.
  • Light occupies a very small section of the electromagnetic spectrum, and visible light occupies an even narrower range.
1.2Able to be perceived or noticed easily: a visible improvement
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  • ‘The cafe is at the front and easily visible through the clear glass frontages and so is a very open and welcoming environment,’ he said.
  • Vocal skill development is an interesting example, for there is no obvious visible or easily manipulable body part engaged in the activity.
  • Lynn also suggests handrails on either side of the steps, and painting a white line across the top of each step, to make it more easily visible to those with poor sight.
1.3In a position of public prominence: a highly visible member of the royal entourage
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  • He is 16 years younger than Craig Brewster but there have been games in which it has been O'Connor who has been the more visible, prominent member of the partnership.
  • While one of the most visible public figures in Venezuela, Ms. Machado is sparing with details about her personal life, one of comfort and privilege.
  • And finally, it must be asked: has Takahashi ever felt the sting of racism in her position as a high-profile visible minority media figure?
2Relating to imports or exports of tangible commodities: the visible trade gap
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  • German wages are in fact too low, they argue, for if they were not, the country would not have a visible trade surplus year in, year out.
  • The music has become one of America's most visible and vital exports.
  • Not only should this increase have shown up in visible stocks; it was not physically possible to store such a high increase in global oil inventories.



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  • In authorship articles for the web, your chief concern would be in gaining as much visibleness as you can.
  • Unique articles are imperative as they progress a website's visibleness on the Internet.
  • The store itself has a relatively inexpensive rent because the location isn't the most desirable even though it has a high visibleness position.


Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin visibilis, from videre 'to see'.

Words that rhyme with visible

divisible, risible

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Syllabification: vis·i·ble

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