visibility

noun
vis·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌvi-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce visibility (audio) \
plural visibilities

Definition of visibility

1 : the quality or state of being visible
2a : the degree of clearness (as of the atmosphere or ocean) specifically : the greatest distance through the atmosphere toward the horizon at which prominent objects can be identified with the naked eye
b : capability of being readily noticed
c : capability of affording an unobstructed view
3 : a measure of the ability of radiant energy to evoke visual sensation

Examples of visibility in a Sentence

The extra publicity helped to increase the company's visibility.

Recent Examples on the Web

The conservative network has a long history of providing a platform for Republicans hoping to maintain their visibility before launching campaigns for office. BostonGlobe.com, "New 2020 poll shows tightening race between Sanders, Warren, and Biden," 27 Aug. 2019 Fox has a long history of providing a platform for Republicans hoping to maintain their visibility before launching new campaigns for office. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, "Fox News hires former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders as a contributor," 22 Aug. 2019 Autism advocacy groups have lauded the comic for bringing visibility to people with ASD. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Amy Schumer has perfect response to how she'll 'cope' if son has autism like husband," 14 Aug. 2019 The far-reaching wildfire smoke has brought visibility to as low as a mile in Anchorage, Thoman said, a city of nearly 300,000. Matthew Cappucci, BostonGlobe.com, "Alaska’s summer heat has been ‘basically off the charts’," 30 July 2019 These fees can take many forms, including the necessity for merchants to spend more on advertising in order to gain visibility; Amazon products don’t have to pay such a levy. Tim O'reilly, Quartz, "Antitrust regulators are using the wrong tools to break up Big Tech," 17 July 2019 The entire filed has grown as self-driving vehicles and the artificial intelligence that helps drive them have gained visibility. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "America's robot future: Rajant celebrates new HQ, plans for growth," 2 July 2018 Martinez was among the nine young people who dared turn themselves in to border agents in 2013 to bring visibility to their plight. Jacqueline Serrato, Hoy, "Queer Chicagoan who turned herself in to border patrol granted asylum," 25 June 2018 Once a more niche term used by academics, pansexual has entered the mainstream, pushed in part by celebrities bringing it visibility. Michael Gold, New York Times, "The ABCs of L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of visibility

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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visibility

noun

English Language Learners Definition of visibility

: the ability to see or be seen
: the quality or state of being known to the public

visibility

noun
vis·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌvi-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce visibility (audio) \

Kids Definition of visibility

: the ability to see or be seen The bad weather caused poor visibility on the roads. Bright clothing increased the hunter's visibility.

visibility

noun
vis·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌviz-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce visibility (audio) \
plural visibilities

Medical Definition of visibility

1 : the quality or state of being visible
2 : a measure of the ability of radiant energy to evoke visual sensation

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