subvisual

adjective

sub·​vi·​su·​al ˌsəb-ˈvi-zhə-wəl How to pronounce subvisual (audio)
-zhəl;
-ˈvizh-wəl
variants or sub-visual
: not visible without the aid of special instruments : subvisible
… once you have seen the subvisual world through the microscope, you stop inventing demons and magic as the agents of change.Dava Sobel
Auroras have a wide range of brightness, usually rated from 0 to 4 on a logarithmic scale … in which each number is 10 times brighter than the previous one. Zero means subvisual, detected only with instruments.Robert H Eather

Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subvisual was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Subvisual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subvisual. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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