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 But Microsoft's visibility into hackers is some of the most significant in the world, given the worldwide use of its products. NBC News, "North Korea and Russia are still trying to hack coronavirus vaccine researchers," 13 Nov. 2020 Or just drive during the day when visibility is better. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "As Minnesota heads into peak car-deer crash season, insurers have advice," 8 Nov. 2020 For Indigenous women, in particular, visibility can be a matter of life and death. Laura Zornosa, Los Angeles Times, "A week from the election, this poster harnesses the power of Native voting rights," 27 Oct. 2020 Improvements to lighting, visibility, and public transportation can increase feelings of safety within communities. Rosemary Wardley, National Geographic, "These are the best and worst states for women," 8 Oct. 2020 When visibility is limited, people are more likely to rely on stereotypes to fill in the gaps. Marianne Cooper, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is Amplifying the Motherhood Penalty at Work," 1 Oct. 2020 South Korea’s military previously said North Korean naval officials shot and killed the civil servant at about 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, meaning visibility would have been impaired. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un: North Korea Is ‘Very Sorry’ for Killing Civil Servant From the South," 25 Sep. 2020 Our performance ratings were instead based on tests that focused on the products’ ease of application, visibility, smell and other variables. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "The best sunscreens of 2020," 28 Aug. 2020 Beyond sunshine and rain, AccuWeather can give details on wind speed, solar ultraviolet radiation (UV) levels, humidity, cloud cover, visibility, and more. David Nield, Popular Science, "Nine great weather apps for your phone," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of visibility

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Visibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/visibility. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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visibility

noun
How to pronounce visibility (audio)

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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