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.

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In part, greater visibility for all via digital media. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "5 Takeaways From Spring 2019 Couture," 26 Jan. 2019 The store was remodeled to maximize light and open lines of sight — high top tables or tall stacks of cups, for example, limit visibility for people signing to each other. Rachel Siegel, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks opens first U.S. sign language store — with murals, tech pads and fingerspelling," 23 Oct. 2018 Again, the argument centered on issues of opportunity and visibility for Asian and Asian-American actors in big budget studio movies, as well as concerns over white-washing what was fundamentally an Asian character. Nina Metz,, "Why trans actors should be cast in trans roles," 12 July 2018 But in recent years, there’s been a push for greater visibility for authors of color — like Rebecca Roanhorse, whose debut novel Trail of Lightning comes out today. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Trail of Lightning is a breathtaking Native American urban fantasy adventure," 26 June 2018 That land has created a large setback from the road — deemed desirable when the plaza was built, but not good visibility for a shopping plaza. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "West Aurora Plaza seeks to modernize with updated design," 16 June 2018 At court level, 10 LED scorer’s tables and two stanchion displays mounted to each basket support provide additional visibility for statistics and sponsors. Tom Groeschen,, "Cincinnati Bearcats: Renovated Fifth Third Arena to feature new video boards," 15 June 2018 This was not helped by the McLaren, which has good visibility for a sports car but not for cars in general. Scott Sturgis,, "A left-hand view on driving through England," 7 June 2018 Proprietors, including a a discount jewelry chain and a travel bookstore, gave way to Chipotle, which in 2011 filled the then-empty space and liked the visibility of the corner, says Matthew Kiefer, an adviser to Historic Boston. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "On Freedom Trail: Paul Revere’s House, the Old North Church—and Burritos," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of visibility

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of visibility

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


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.


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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