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an outward/visible sign (=one that people can see clearly)
▪ Kim received the news without showing any visible sign of emotion.
barely audible/perceptible/visible/discernible etc
▪ His voice was barely audible.
visible to/with the naked eye
▪ The mite is just visible to the naked eye.
visible/noticeable (=an effect that you can clearly see)
▪ He drank five beers, but they did not seem to have any visible effect on him.
▪ The footprints at sites 8 and 9 disappear very slowly; digestion products are barely visible even 30 minutes after mixing.
▪ At night, the light of candles and hanging lamps rose into the darkness so the high beamed ceiling was barely visible.
▪ The neon lights outside were barely visible through the sheen of condensation coating the inside of the cafe window.
▪ Mostly black on black, its central diamond is traced in faint gold and barely visible.
▪ From base camp the summit was barely visible, so on sighting the route our surprise was all the greater.
▪ Jim kindled the Easter fire, a blue flame at first barely visible above the silver rim of a white bowl.
▪ Up on the plain the driver appears to move arbitrarily between barely visible tracks.
▪ Jean Piaget is barely visible amid piles of clutter.
▪ Yes, it was clearly visible.
▪ Against the pale background the plankton which swarmed on the surface were clearly visible.
▪ Here, in highly compelling fashion, the social convenience of the contented replaces the clearly visible reality.
▪ And it was no longer a point of light; it had begun to show a clearly visible disk.
▪ At one level, there is a clearly visible opposition between a historical and an existential perspective.
▪ Their blunt heads were clearly visible as they loitered, grey-black like bow-headed submarines.
▪ The stone walls of the bottom part of the wall section are clearly visible but most of the structure is ivy-clad.
▪ Stick-mikes are the all-rounders of the audio world, but when used for video their size makes them clearly visible on shot.
▪ It is easily visible with the naked eye, and binoculars give it a vaguely cruciform appearance.
▪ But it will remain easily visible until mid-April, and perhaps later.
▪ It is easily visible from Hilo in Hawaii, where the latitude is 20 degrees north.
▪ Hale-Bopp and the waxing crescent will be easily visible in the Western sky after sunset Thursday and Friday.
▪ One of the advantages of the belt is that the animals are easily visible from afar in the gloom in rough country.
▪ It is because at this time the warning light is more easily visible in the twilight than in the daylight.
▪ An architecture is therefore required which will allow flexible and easily visible control over these interfaces.
▪ Men had to wear rough cotton shirts and white corduroy jackets and trousers, to be easily visible.
▪ Now, with the tide driven high by the approaching storm, it was hardly visible.
▪ Its much longer history before the 1880s is hardly visible.
▪ Vitali wore a black tunic stitched with purple runes which were hardly visible.
▪ There's a slight rash on your chest, hardly visible.
▪ The company also plans to landscape the site so it would be hardly visible from Clacton and Little Clacton.
▪ Jessie was small and hunched, like a white-haired mouse, hardly visible beneath the garments she carried.
▪ It is highly visible, but there is an enormous mass of activity underneath.
▪ A television-led democracy too readily will sacrifice important long-term interests for highly visible short-term gains, it is argued.
▪ The 1950s was a period when state intervention in childhood was highly visible.
▪ A few people carefully chosen, highly visible, whose deaths might be noticed.
▪ But why can't you get something as waterproof and practical in highly visible colours?
▪ Those highly visible operations, which featured heavily armed government forces using aggressive pressure tactics, ended in deadly violence.
▪ Unemployment in the 1920s and 1930s, partly through the types of demonstrations outlined above, was highly visible.
▪ It is characteristic of most research writing that topic areas are set off, underlined or otherwise made highly visible.
▪ The outline of the junction was just visible.
▪ We can see where the plate and the chair were set, the marks are just visible on the floor.
▪ White water was just visible far below.
▪ Something resembling hard wood floors is just visible beneath a veil of potting soil and foam rubber confetti.
▪ There it is at last, a dimly lit porch, the number twenty-one just visible.
▪ Above us the slabby face was just visible through wildly animated curtains of driving spindrift.
▪ The mite is just visible to the naked eye and feeds on honey bees and their grubs by sucking their body fluids.
▪ Under the left, just visible, was a minute puncture.
▪ The other important but less visible change is that those who operate the robots and computers are part-time women workers.
▪ Cochran is considerably less visible in the Senate than either Lott or Nickles, and he is older.
▪ Toolbar buttons are easily overlooked as they are less visible.
▪ A less visible innovation is a shock absorber-like base isolation system intended to protect the building from major damage in future earthquakes.
▪ The poisons it contained were less visible now.
▪ All cart paths have been redone in concrete, and some have been repositioned to be less visible.
▪ The real danger in a public school is less visible and less visibly offensive.
▪ Surely a flashing red light would be far more visible in a tunnel than a static light?
▪ And there are more visible examples.
▪ Patterned sampling erodes the field man's personal discretion while it offers a more visible index of activity for the organization.
▪ Nowhere is the impact of religion on sports more visible than in football.
▪ Candidates became steadily more visible day by day throughout the campaign, however.
▪ Harborlights Pavilion, more visible in its second year, enjoyed a 50 percent sales jump, according to promoter Don Law.
▪ By those measures of visibility, national politicians were much more visible than local candidates from the start.
▪ It was an attempt to make them more visible, more vocal.
▪ Windows does the most visible part of the job OS/2 was designed to do.
▪ As the most visible and voluble owner in the National Football League, Jones has more than his share of detractors.
▪ Those countries where public attitudes are most tolerant are those where homosexuals are most visible, and gay groups most active.
▪ When a church is in her infancy there will be the most visible signs of growth, as with a child.
▪ The new assault on the professions is most visible in health care.
▪ These are most visible when ducal retainers stood surety for each other.
▪ In their most visible work, astronauts will let loose a retrievable satellite carrying a coffin-sized inflatable antenna.
▪ Obviously this is the reason why the people concerned were all so visible to each other.
▪ It has recently become an issue because it is so visible and entirely unregulated.
▪ The sky was so clear and the stars so visible that the earth could almost be seen turning.
▪ The dark shape was still visible against a background of dimly lit beams.
▪ The original sign formed in sea-shells is still visible beside the track.
▪ The paint is equally eye-catching-though not much of the bodywork is still visible under all that hair.
▪ The wounds were still visible in 1922.
▪ Underlying them, of course, were attitudes and principles still visible and audible half a century later.
▪ Some of them still visible in the morning.
▪ Stephen envied the innocence still visible beneath the strain that showed in Weir's open features.
▪ The remains of the blowing house, with the bricked-up water wheel aperture, is still visible.
▪ Revenue Revenue generation should be an obsession with every single company employee Revenue is very visible.
▪ He sent a very visible warning message that taking on a president is not to be lightly done.
▪ Even if paid in instalments it was very visible.
▪ We must have been very visible upon the parapet.
▪ Some aspects of travellers' lives, of the collective context in which individual problems arise, can be very visible.
▪ The other important but less visible change is that those who operate the robots and computers are part-time women workers.
▪ The biggest visible changes will probably be seen in television programming.
▪ The visible changes which this programme creates have some positive effects on women's place in the discipline.
▪ Then, without a visible change of mood, he became inscrutable.
▪ Then, with a visible change of heart, she carefully smoothed it out again.
▪ The restoration debate starts from the assumption that art is immortal visible evidence of historical and cultural greatness.
▪ Many kinds of pollution provide visible evidence of their presence.
▪ So now, save for a few interesting mounds in the field, there is no visible evidence of its existence.
▪ If we get it right, displays will be about the only visible evidence of high technology.
▪ On identity, the outward and visible evidence of regional flags, institutions and bureaucracies is everywhere.
▪ It must rely on visible evidence of the presence or absence of a private condition.
▪ Red has the longest wavelength of visible light, and violet the shortest.
▪ Infrared cooling of the surface is also inhibited, but heat radiation is less affected by dust than visible light.
▪ To the joy of jewellers visible light has too low a frequency to excite an electron in a perfect diamond.
▪ This gas absorbs visible light so well that plants could not photosynthesize even if they somehow retained their leaves.
Light is produced primarily by the phosphor coating converting short-wave radiation to visible light.
▪ Flashing blue lights, such as those described, are bioluminescence, which is visible light made by living organisms.
▪ Because the sandwich is only a few angstroms thick it transmits visible light - but it reflects longer wavelength heat radiation.
▪ Since Renaissance times, clear glass has been fashioned into prisms, mirrors and lenses that diffract and focus visible light.
▪ Distributes or displays to another person any writing, sign or other visible representation, should all be given their ordinary meanings.
▪ These changes in facial colour are the most visible sign that you are reacting to each other.
▪ Terry had the desire to see how they had been affected, or for any visible signs of compulsion.
▪ When a church is in her infancy there will be the most visible signs of growth, as with a child.
▪ The visible signs of this malaise included the loss of inner-city population and jobs and the deterioration of inner-city housing.
▪ There is no visible sign of rancour at the curious lifestyle imposed on her; she appears placidly resigned to her fate.
▪ The most visible signs of a growing revivalist spirit appeared in the ministry of James McGready in Kentucky.
▪ Funeral furnishing was a trade in which the outward and visible signs of his merchandise helped to advertise his craft.
▪ But now, any visible signs of success were few and far between.
▪ The electronic bands in the visible spectrum are derived from d-d transitions.
▪ Though I can recall believing that when I was a member of the visible world.
▪ At 81d is the corollary that souls partially pure remain in the visible world.
▪ Through cannibalism the invisible terror of annihilation emerges into the visible world.
▪ A single headlight was suddenly visible far below them.
▪ Black performers have become much more visible on Broadway.
▪ Detectives found no visible signs of a struggle.
▪ Only the top of his head was visible above the water.
▪ The bullet holes are still clearly visible in the walls.
▪ The church tower is visible from the next village.
▪ The marks are in faint gold, and hardly visible.
▪ The results of the housing policy are clearly visible.
▪ The stars were barely visible that night.
▪ These stars are barely visible to the naked eye.
▪ Trim any visible fat before frying the meat.
▪ He lit the cigarette, keeping both his hands high and visible.
▪ I could feel the blood gone from my face and I knew that my panic was visible.
▪ No solar eclipses will be visible from the United States in 1996, and only two will be visible from Earth.
▪ No stitching is visible from the right side.
▪ The impact on wealth distribution was already visible by the end of 1992, as Table 8-7 shows.
▪ The other important but less visible change is that those who operate the robots and computers are part-time women workers.
▪ The stages overlap with each other and the process is both continuous and deliberately visible.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Visible \Vis"i*ble\, a. [L. visibilis, fr. videre, visum, to see: cf. F. visible. See Vision.]

  1. Perceivable by the eye; capable of being seen; perceptible; in view; as, a visible star; the least spot is visible on white paper.

    Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
    --Bk. of Com. Prayer.

    Virtue made visible in outward grace.

  2. Noticeable; apparent; open; conspicuous.

    The factions at court were greater, or more visible, than before.

    Visible church (Theol.), the apparent church of Christ on earth; the whole body of professed believers in Christ, as contradistinguished from the invisible, or real, church, consisting of sanctified persons.

    Visible horizon. Same as Apparent horizon, under Apparent. [1913 Webster] -- Vis"i*ble*ness, n. -- Vis"i*bly, adv.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., from Old French visable, visible "perceptible" (12c.) and directly 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. Related: Visibly.


a. Able to be seen.

  1. adj. perceptible especially by the eye; or open to easy view; "a visible object"; "visible stars"; "mountains visible in the distance"; "a visible change of expression"; "visible files" [syn: seeable] [ant: invisible]

  2. obvious to the eye; "a visible change of expression" [syn: obvious]

  3. being often in the public eye; "a visible public figure"

  4. present and easily available; "the cash on hand is adequate for current needs"; "emergency police were on hand in case of trouble"; "a visible supply"; "visible resources" [syn: on hand(p), visible(a)]

Visible (album)

Visible was an album by Canadian progressive rock band CANO, released in 1985.

It was the band's final studio album. Marcel Aymar, David Burt, Michel Dasti and Michel Kendell were joined on Visible by Ben Mink replacing Wasyl Kohut, who died of a brain aneurysm, and Mary Lu Zahalan replacing Rachel Paiement, who had moved to the west coast and married Jim Vallance.

The album was strong and revitalized the band briefly. It included "Fond d'une bouteille", which was the French version of a song recorded on the Camouflage album, and "L'eloueze" which was written in Aymar's native Acadian dialect, and most poignantly "J'ai bien vécu", a tribute to band founder André Paiement, who committed suicide in 1978.

Usage examples of "visible".

But thus far there had been no other craft sighted on the waters, although smokes were visible from the many Aliansa village sites and a small group of aborigines was spied netting fish in the shallows.

The hymen was not intact, and abrasions along the vaginal wall were visible.

There was a visible and audible sigh of relief from the assembled fellows of the American Tonsil, Adenoid and Vas Deferens Society.

A furious fire was opened on the advancing troops, who were clearly visible in the light of a full moon.

Up ahead, barely visible in the rain-swept fogged plastic of the aft canopy, the dark gray shape of the carrier Shaoguan materialized out of the clouds, the deck of the ship seeming impossibly small in the vast waters below.

And she fooled herself to believe the blazon was not visible even with the highest agraffe secured.

And if the other dogmas of that system be contained in a sacred book, such as the Alcoran, or be determined by any visible authority, like that of the Roman pontiff, speculative reasoners naturally carry on their assent, and embrace a theory, which has been instilled into them by their earliest education, and which also possesses some degree of consistence and uniformity.

He indicated a narrow door barely visible between a wardrobe and a stack of boxes, watching with amusement as Alec explored the wonder of an lyim Flewelling indoor privy.

A river so-called, really a brook, the Ancre, runs at the foot of the slope and turns eastward beyond Thiepval, where a ridge called Crucifix Ridge north-east of the village takes its name from a Christ with outstretched arms visible for many miles around.

He knew that Seakeepdale consisted of all this now visible to him and twice again as much land, but only this one vale was arable to any large extent or permanently inhabited.

What interested me was the uniform air of archaism as displayed in every visible detail.

High, full and firm, her nipples and areoles were clearly visible under the fine white fabric.

It covered her nipples, but just barely, leaving the tops of the areoles visible.

Not only was the ship clearly visible to the forces at El Arish, it had been positively identified by Israeli naval headquarters.

What geometrician or arithmetician could fail to take pleasure in the symmetries, correspondences and principles of order observed in visible things?