[ viz-uh-buhl ]
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  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.

  1. being constantly or frequently in the public view; conspicuous: a visible political position.

  2. 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.

  3. Commerce.

    • available or accessible; already existing, as goods in a warehouse or in transit as opposed to goods in production: visible supply.

    • involving actual goods that have been recorded or accounted for: visible trade.

  4. prepared or converted for visual presentation; represented visually.

Origin of visible

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Latin vīsibilis, from vīs(us) “seen” (see vision) + -ibilis -ible

Other words for visible

Other words from visible

  • vis·i·ble·ness, noun
  • vis·i·bly, adverb
  • non·vis·i·ble, adjective
  • non·vis·i·bly, adverb
  • pre·vis·i·ble, adjective
  • pre·vis·i·bly, adverb
  • un·vis·i·ble, adjective
  • un·vis·i·ble·ness, noun
  • un·vis·i·bly, adverb

Words that may be confused with visible

Words Nearby visible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use visible in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for visible


/ (ˈvɪzɪbəl) /

  1. capable of being perceived by the eye

  2. capable of being perceived by the mind; evident: no visible dangers

  1. available: the visible resources

  2. (of an index or file) using a flexible display system for the contents

  3. of or relating to the balance of trade: visible transactions

  4. represented by visible symbols

  1. a visible item of trade; product

Origin of visible

C14: from Latin vīsibilis, from vidēre to see

Derived forms of visible

  • visibleness, noun
  • visibly, adverb

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