impalpable

adjective im·pal·pa·ble \ (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

impalpability

play \im-ˌpal-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

impalpably

play \im-ˈpal-pə-blē\ adverb

Examples of impalpable in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of impalpable

1509


Medical Dictionary

impalpable

adjective im·pal·pa·ble \ (ˈ)im-ˈpal-pə-bəl \

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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