visible

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English visible, from Old French visible, from Late Latin visibilis (that may be seen), from Latin videre (to see), past participle visus; see vision.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: vĭz'ə-bəl, IPA(key): /ˈvɪzəb(ə)l/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪbəl

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visible (comparative more visible, superlative most visible)

  1. Able to be seen.
    When the sun rises, the world becomes visible.
    • 1650, Thomas Browne, “Of the Cameleon”, in Pseudodoxia Epidemica: [], 2nd edition, London: [] A. Miller, for Edw[ard] Dod and Nath[aniel] Ekins, [], OCLC 152706203, 3rd book, page 133:
      It cannot be denied it [the chameleon] is (if not the moſt of any) a very abſtemious animall, and ſuch as by reaſon of its frigidity, paucity of bloud, and latitancy in the winter (about which time the obſervations are often made) will long ſubſist without a viſible ſuſtentation.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, the consciousness dawning upon him that his eccentricity was not receiving the ovation it merited.
    • 2013 May-June, William E. Conner, “An Acoustic Arms Race”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 206-7:
      Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close [] above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them. Many insects probably use this strategy, which is a close analogy to crypsis in the visible world—camouflage and other methods for blending into one’s visual background.
    Synonym: apparent
    Antonyms: hidden, invisible

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Asturian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

visible (epicene, plural visibles)

  1. visible (able to be seen)

Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vīsibilis.

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visible (masculine and feminine plural visibles)

  1. visible
    Antonym: invisible

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin visibilis

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visible (plural visibles)

  1. visible

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Galician[edit]

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visible m or f (plural visibles)

  1. visible

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Late 12th century, borrowed from Latin visibilis.

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visible m (oblique and nominative feminine singular visible)

  1. visible (able to be seen)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin vīsibilis (that may be seen), from Latin vīsus, perfect passive participle of videō (to see).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /biˈsible/, [biˈsi.β̞le]

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visible (plural visibles)

  1. visible
    Antonym: invisible

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