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

Water clarity can range from glass-clear to extremely turbid, with visibility sometimes in the inches. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "DARPA Wants an Autonomous Drone That Can Do Dirty Work on the Ocean Floor," 1 Feb. 2019 The white icons fade too much into the background for easy visibility. Aurich Lawson, Ars Technica, "Why Mojave’s dark mode isn’t dark enough," 25 Sep. 2018 Publishers are constantly trying to find ways to compete for visibility on Google News and on Google Search. Brian Fung, The Seattle Times, "Here’s what we really know about Google’s mysterious search engine," 28 Aug. 2018 With poor visibility due to heavy smoke, the entire house was cleared of occupants — saving their lives. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Braselton honors police with lifesaving awards," 3 July 2018 This offered a rare glimpse with good visibility at just what firefighters must deal with in sturcture fires. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Remarkable video captures intense house fire battle, dog rescue in Stockton blaze," 2 July 2018 Cured looks like one of those places engineered for maximum visibility and Instagram appeal: a historic, central spot at the stylish Pearl compound, wood floors and exposed brick, an open kitchen and a good backstory. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Cured makes a 3½-star statement at the Pearl," 28 June 2018 Its controlling stake in’s parent provides access to a network of carriers and shippers that already use its digital load board and other services such as freight tracking and visibility tools. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Private-Equity Firms Buy Trucking Freight Services Companies," 3 Apr. 2019 Plus it’s being sold in T-Mobile stores, giving the handset visibility like never before. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is the height of overkill—and I totally want one," 11 Dec. 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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