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[viz-uh-buh l] /ˈvɪz ə bəl/
that can be seen; perceptible to the eye:
mountains visible in the distance.
apparent; manifest; obvious:
a man with no visible means of support.
being constantly or frequently in the public view; conspicuous:
a visible political position.
noting or pertaining to a system of keeping records or information on cards or sheets in such a way that the desired reference can be brought instantly to view:
a visible index.
  1. available or accessible; already existing, as goods in a warehouse or in transit as opposed to goods in production:
    visible supply.
  2. involving actual goods that have been recorded or accounted for:
    visible trade.
prepared or converted for visual presentation; represented visually.
Origin of visible
1300-50; Middle English < Latin vīsibilis, equivalent to vīs(us) (see vision) + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
visibleness, noun
visibly, adverb
nonvisible, adjective
nonvisibly, adverb
previsible, adjective
previsibly, adverb
unvisible, adjective
unvisibleness, noun
unvisibly, adverb
Can be confused
visible, visual.
1, 2. discernible. 2. evident. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for visible
  • If you are invisible, you still see if people are visible but they cannot see you.
  • Trickles of wayward meteors are visible year-round in any clear night sky.
  • The motions of this visible material reveal that it is mere flotsam on an unseen sea of unknown material.
  • When the team ran pulses of blue light through the kidney-jellyfish combo, a visible laser beam shot out.
  • No places are open to sell strong drink, and there are no visible signs of intoxication.
  • Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minority groups, and persons with disabilities.
  • These photons are shorter in wavelength and higher in energy than visible light.
  • The dark wall visible beyond the tree trunk the dog run.
  • visible frequency would be a good alternative, they say.
  • With a little effort, it can make what you do visible through a design that corresponds with your own interests and investments.
British Dictionary definitions for visible


capable of being perceived by the eye
capable of being perceived by the mind; evident: no visible dangers
available: the visible resources
(of an index or file) using a flexible display system for the contents
of or relating to the balance of trade: visible transactions
represented by visible symbols
a visible item of trade; product
Derived Forms
visibleness, noun
visibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin vīsibilis, from vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for visible

mid-14c., from Old French visible (12c.), from Latin visibilis "that may be seen," from visus, past participle of videre "to see" (see vision). An Old English word for this was eagsyne.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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