impalpable


im·pal·pa·ble

adjective \(ˌ)im-ˈpal-pə-bəl\

Definition of IMPALPABLE

1
a :  incapable of being felt by touch :  intangible <the impalpable aura of power that emanated from him — Osbert Sitwell>
b :  so finely divided that no grains or grit can be felt <rock worn to an impalpable powder>
2
:  not readily discerned by the mind <impalpable evils>
im·pal·pa·bil·i·ty \-ˌpal-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
im·pal·pa·bly \-ˈpal-pə-blē\ adverb

Examples of IMPALPABLE

  1. <the rich colors used in the wall coverings and furniture give the room an impalpable warmth>
  2. <any difference between the two sound systems is impalpable to all but the most discerning audiophiles>

First Known Use of IMPALPABLE

1509

im·pal·pa·ble

adjective \(ˈ)im-ˈpal-pə-bəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of IMPALPABLE

1
: incapable of being felt by touch <the pulse was impalpable at the wrist> <preoperative localization of impalpable breast lesions—Jane Barrett>
2
: so finely divided that no grains or grit can be felt <an impalpable powder>

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