vis·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \ˌvi-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
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

d : publicity sense 2d

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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There was so much snow—making visibility too low for pilots to land or take off—that the Kansas City International Airport was closed for about five hours on Sunday; flights resumed at around 7 p.m. CT Sunday night. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Winter Storm Bruce Leads to Flight Delays, Cancellations," 26 Nov. 2018 In this op-ed, Rajee Aerie advocates for more visibility for models with disabilities and shares her experience modeling for Aerie's viral campaign. Rajee Aerie, Teen Vogue, "Rajee Aerie Talks Representation for Disabled People in the Lingerie Market," 20 Nov. 2018 After being an integral part of the Ramblers’ unexpected run to the Final Four, Ingram went undrafted in June and has been forced to fight for visibility in Las Vegas while playing for the Bulls’ NBA Summer League team. Malika Andrews,, "Donte Ingram is showcasing his game for Bulls' Summer League team while looking for his next gig," 13 July 2018 The Spanish capital has just wrapped up its 2018 week-long pride celebrations, whose main theme was a call for equality and greater visibility for people with non-binary gender identity. NBC News, "Transgender Miss Universe contender speaks up for trans kids," 13 July 2018 The Harbor District's growing prominence could could lead to more visibility for the model railroad clubhouse. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Model railroad club still operates in a historic train station hiding in plain sight in the Harbor District," 13 July 2018 Outgoing club president Dan Holle said that the sale is held on the property of longtime club member Bobbie Ziegra, which offers good visibility for drivers heading through the area en route to the beach. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Lions Club Raises Money For Local Scholarships," 11 July 2018 And the other side of that, which is choosing to draw attention to those very characteristics of my identity because visibility and representation are so crucial to model, that this is a possibility for a younger generation of people. Bridget Read, Vogue, "A Brief Oral History of Boygenius," 31 Oct. 2018 The low-slung aggressive stance makes for poor visibility, but mean styling. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "We Drive the Hot Wheels Chevy Camaro SS," 12 Oct. 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 \

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 \
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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