1. Possible to see; perceptible to the eye: a visible object.
a. Obvious to the eye: a visible change of expression.
b. Being often in the public view; conspicuous.
3. Manifest; apparent: no visible solution to the problem.
4. On hand; available: a visible supply.
5. Constructed or designed to keep important parts in easily accessible view: a visible file.
6. Represented visually, as by symbols.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vīsibilis, from vīsus, past participle of vidēre, to see; see VISION.]
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