Definition of visible in English:

visible

Syllabification: vis·i·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈvizəbəl
 
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adjective

  • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 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?
  • 2Of or relating 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.

Derivatives

visibleness

noun
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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.

visibly

adverb
he was visibly uncomfortable
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  • Another doctor was visibly agitated and took the reporter to another room nearby.
  • When I took my camera out, she grew visibly nervous and refused to have her photo taken.
  • The creature's skin is visibly worn in parts and the formaldehyde in which it is displayed has turned murky.

Origin

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

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