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invisible

[in-viz-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈvɪz ə bəl/
adjective
1.
not visible; not perceptible by the eye:
invisible fluid.
2.
withdrawn from or out of sight; hidden:
an invisible seam.
3.
not perceptible or discernible by the mind:
invisible differences.
4.
not ordinarily found in financial statements or reflected in statistics or a listing:
Goodwill is an invisible asset to a business.
5.
concealed from public knowledge.
noun
6.
an invisible thing or being.
7.
the invisible, the unseen or spiritual world.
Origin of invisible
1300-1350
First recorded in 1300-50; Middle English word from Latin word invīsibilis. See in-3, visible
Related forms
invisibility, invisibleness, noun
invisibly, adverb
quasi-invisible, adjective
quasi-invisibly, adverb
Synonyms
2. veiled, obscure.
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Examples from the Web for invisibly
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  • It was in the morning, and always in the morning Jones was invisibly at work.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • "I said I guessed I'd try it," grinned the youth, invisibly.

  • He was invisibly directed into the little doorway of St. Joseph's.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • He could move from compartment to compartment as silently and invisibly as if he had no substance at all.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • Her aunt had pressed for it, subtly, invisibly, as an older woman is able to do.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square Melville Davisson Post
  • They frequently pursue their prey (Indians of course) invisibly.

    La Ronge Journal, 1823 George Nelson
  • He is a real foe, and we must meet him in the open, under cover, and invisibly.

    Is the Devil a Myth? C. F. Wimberly
  • If it had been dark so that the words floated to us invisibly; but in broad day!

    Aliens William McFee
British Dictionary definitions for invisibly

invisible

/ɪnˈvɪzəbəl/
adjective
1.
not visible; not able to be perceived by the eye: invisible rays
2.
concealed from sight; hidden
3.
not easily seen or noticed: invisible mending
4.
kept hidden from public view; secret; clandestine
5.
(economics) of or relating to services rather than goods in relation to the invisible balance: invisible earnings
noun
6.
(economics) an invisible item of trade; service
Derived Forms
invisibility, invisibleness, noun
invisibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for invisibly

invisible

adj.

mid-14c., from Old French invisible (13c.), from Latin invisibilis "unseen, invisible," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + visibilis (see visible). As a noun, "things invisible," from 1640s. Invisible Man is from H.G. Wells's novel (1897). Related: Invisibly.

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