adjective \ˈvi-zə-bəl\

: able to be seen

: easily seen or understood

: known to or noticed by the public

Full Definition of VISIBLE

a :  capable of being seen <stars visible to the naked eye>
b :  situated in the region of the electromagnetic spectrum perceptible to human vision <visible light> —used of radiation having a wavelength between about 400 nanometers and 700 nanometers
a :  exposed to view <the visible horizon>
b (1) :  conspicuous <has played a highly visible role in the negotiations>
(2) :  well-known <a highly visible politician>
:  capable of being discovered or perceived :  recognizable <no visible means of support>
:  accessible 4 <visible resources>
:  devised to keep a particular part or item always in full view or readily seen or referred to <a visible index>
vis·i·ble·ness noun
vis·i·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of VISIBLE

  1. The ship was not visible through the fog.
  2. The ship was barely visible.
  3. The patient showed no visible symptoms.
  4. There was a visible change in his mood.
  5. They played a highly visible role in the negotiations.

Origin of VISIBLE

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin visibilis, from visus, past participle of vidēre to see
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with VISIBLE


adjective \ˈviz-ə-bəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VISIBLE

: capable of being seen : perceptible to vision <particulates visible to the naked eye>
: situated in the visible spectrum <visible light>


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