visible

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adjective

vis·​i·​ble ˈvi-zə-bəl How to pronounce visible (audio)
1
a
: capable of being seen
stars visible to the naked eye
b
: situated in the region of the electromagnetic spectrum perceptible to human vision
visible light
used of radiation having a wavelength between about 400 nanometers and 700 nanometers
2
a
: exposed to view
the visible horizon
b(1)
: conspicuous
has played a highly visible role in the negotiations
(2)
: well-known
a highly visible politician
3
: capable of being discovered or perceived : recognizable
no visible means of support
4
: accessible sense 2
visible resources
5
: devised to keep a particular part or item always in full view or readily seen or referred to
a visible index
visibleness noun
visibly adverb

visible

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noun

plural visibles
: a visible person or thing : someone or something that can be seen or perceived
He achieved important results in both these endeavors, which, being visible, have received ample notice as the visibles of history usually do …Barbara W. Tuchman

Examples of visible in a Sentence

Adjective The ship was not visible through the fog. The ship was barely visible. The patient showed no visible symptoms. There was a visible change in his mood. They played a highly visible role in the negotiations.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The lack of affordable housing, cuts to assistance programs, and increasing rates of substance abuse, divorce, and domestic violence all fueled the growth of a newly visible homeless population that included more women and children than in previous decades. Ella Howard / Made By History, TIME, 10 July 2024 The most visible, audible, and charismatic public advocate for Barry Goldwater was William F. Buckley Jr., editor of National Review. Neal B. Freeman, National Review, 9 July 2024 Stylists also caution against putting it up in a ponytail as this can cause a bend in the hair that will be visible as the treatment continues to set. Annie Blay, Allure, 8 July 2024 The thriving community was quite visible during Shabbat. Linda Chase, Sun Sentinel, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for visible 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin visibilis, from visus, past participle of vidēre to see

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of visible was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Visible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/visible. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

visible

adjective
vis·​i·​ble ˈviz-ə-bəl How to pronounce visible (audio)
1
: capable of being seen
stars visible to the naked eye
2
: easily seen or understood : obvious
no visible means of support
visibly adverb

Medical Definition

visible

adjective
vis·​i·​ble ˈviz-ə-bəl How to pronounce visible (audio)
1
: capable of being seen : perceptible to vision
particulates visible to the naked eye
2
: situated in the visible spectrum
visible light

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