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visibility

[viz-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌvɪz əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state or fact of being visible.
2.
the relative ability to be seen under given conditions of distance, light, atmosphere, etc.:
low visibility due to fog.
3.
Also called visual range. Meteorology. the distance at which a given standard object can be seen and identified with the unaided eye.
4.
the ability to give a relatively large range of unobstructed vision:
a windshield with good visibility.
5.
Typography. legibility (def 2).
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Late Latin vīsibilitās, equivalent to Latin vīsibili(s) visible + -tās -ty2
Related forms
intervisibility, noun
nonvisibility, noun, plural nonvisibilities.
previsibility, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for intervisibility

visibility

/ˌvɪzɪˈbɪlɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the condition or fact of being visible
2.
clarity of vision or relative possibility of seeing
3.
the range of vision: visibility is 500 yards
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Word Origin and History for intervisibility

visibility

n.

c.1400, "condition of being visible," from Late Latin visibilitas (see visible). Meaning "range of vision under given conditions" is from 1914. Sense of "prominence, fame, public attention" is recorded from 1958.

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