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visible

[viz-uh-buh l] /ˈvɪz ə bəl/
adjective
1.
that can be seen; perceptible to the eye:
mountains visible in the distance.
2.
apparent; manifest; obvious:
a man with no visible means of support.
3.
being constantly or frequently in the public view; conspicuous:
a visible political position.
4.
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.
5.
Commerce.
  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.
6.
prepared or converted for visual presentation; represented visually.
Origin of visible
1300-1350
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.
Synonyms
1, 2. discernible. 2. evident.
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  • When we arrived home, Dr. Leete had not yet returned, and Mrs. Leete was not visible.

    Looking Backward Edward Bellamy
  • Stern displeasure was visible in the countenance of the great sculptor.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • She was a nettle in which the rustle of the cassock was visible.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • To the east, plains for at least thirty miles, when broken ranges were visible.

  • She clasped her hands firmly together with a visible effort.

    Gladys, the Reaper Anne Beale
British Dictionary definitions for visible

visible

/ˈvɪzɪbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being perceived by the eye
2.
capable of being perceived by the mind; evident: no visible dangers
3.
available: the visible resources
4.
(of an index or file) using a flexible display system for the contents
5.
of or relating to the balance of trade: visible transactions
6.
represented by visible symbols
noun
7.
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
adj.

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.

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