Definition of visibility in US English:

visibility

noun

  • 1The state of being able to see or be seen.

    ‘a reduction in police presence and visibility on the streets’
    • ‘If they are wearing dark clothes or costumes, add reflective material to improve their visibility to motorists.’
    • ‘The group says that parked cars on one side of Devonshire Street appear to be impeding visibility for vehicles pulling out of Suresnes Road.’
    • ‘These lights enhance your visibility especially in severe weather conditions.’
    • ‘Measures already in place include extra security at the station, including high visibility patrols by police and community support officers.’
    • ‘This also improved visibility from the flight deck during taxiing and takeoff.’
    • ‘What was most remarkable was the presence and visibility of the top brass from the organizations participating.’
    • ‘People demand greater Garda visibility and presence on the streets at night.’
    • ‘The new measures to increase police visibility were put to the Home Office in a report by the Police Superintendents' Association.’
    • ‘His works from small to large, are arranged to have maximum visibility and viewing comforts.’
    • ‘Street wardens might not have the power or status of the police, but they will have visibility.’
    • ‘But last night the area was swamped with youth workers, while Humberside Police maintained high visibility patrols.’
    • ‘The near-zero visibility of police personnel on the streets is one of the factors that prompt robbers to strike on busy roads.’
    • ‘Last week we reported that the police planned a more ‘high level, high visibility presence to tackle street crime’.’
    • ‘Police have returned to patrol local streets on foot and on bikes after sustained community pressure for higher visibility policing.’
    • ‘Parking attendants could be badged as street wardens too, and there could be high visibility, branded vehicles.’
    • ‘A reflective vest increases your visibility significantly when you are out of the car.’
    • ‘Brooks has been able to increase visibility and increase sales with minimum impact on her pocketbook.’
    • ‘Surely, the more people on the march, the stronger the presence and visibility, the better?’
    • ‘Police have investigated reports of robbery and stone throwing, and in October 2000 the park was given high visibility policing.’
    • ‘He said residents of Thornhill had expressly asked for greater visibility of police on their estate.’
    blatantness, flagrancy, obviousness, patentness, manifestness, barefacedness, shamelessness, brazenness, boldness, unmistakableness, clearness, clarity, plainness, distinctness, apparentness, perceptibility, discernibility, palpability
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    1. 1.1 The distance one can see as determined by light and weather conditions.
      ‘visibility was down to 15 yards’
      • ‘Motorists should be particularly wary of spray from other vehicles reducing visibility and the possibility of aquaplaning on roads slick with water.’
      • ‘Wet weather and poor visibility increases the need to have items like brakes and tyres in perfect working order.’
      • ‘The howling wind and driving rain had created zero visibility conditions.’
      • ‘The system even accommodates reduced visibility in changing light conditions thanks to a rain/light sensor.’
      • ‘We were below the weather, with good visibility, but the field wasn't there.’
      • ‘Path clear in good weather, but poor visibility would require OS Explorer map and compass.’
      • ‘Airborne ash can diminish visibility, damage flight control systems and may cause engine failure.’
      • ‘Regional Airport was 7,000 ft overcast with seven miles visibility in light rain.’
      • ‘The information may also be passed on to divers, who are working in arduous conditions, battling poor weather and visibility as well as up to four metres of silt.’
      • ‘State what were the conditions of sea, weather and visibility at the time of the accident.’
      • ‘The rear lights have adaptive infrared control which adjusts the brightness of the LED diodes to match visibility and weather conditions.’
      • ‘You will dive in calm conditions in which poor visibility is made up for by the abundance of macro wildlife.’
      • ‘Always check weather and visibility with a local dive centre before setting off.’
      • ‘It was raining and the light was poor, but underwater visibility wasn't bad.’
      • ‘As visibility decreased dramatically, transport in the capital became virtually impossible and accidents multiplied.’
      • ‘‘It's important you have clear visibility of other vehicles on the road and that they can see you,’ he said.’
      • ‘The weather is unpredictable and visibility can often be poor.’
      • ‘Most accidents in the past two months were the result of poor visibility because of rainy conditions, she said.’
      • ‘As well as the obvious increased air pollution and reduced visibility, local bushfires are a potential health concern.’
      • ‘With clear skies and unlimited visibility, weather was not determined to be a factor.’
      sight, perspective, field of vision, range of vision, vision, eyeshot
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    2. 1.2 The degree to which something has attracted general attention; prominence.
      ‘the issue began to lose its visibility’
      • ‘Cyber security has grown in importance and visibility, and political clout.’
      • ‘Growing cultural visibility reflects very real changes in the status of homosexuality throughout the Western world.’
      • ‘Her visibility attracts plenty of attention at the post office from coworkers and customers, she says.’
      • ‘The prestige and visibility of the White House gives them a powerful natural advantage.’
      • ‘The group has many attractions, notably its high visibility, industry leading presence and devout customer loyalty.’
      • ‘Besides shocking me, it got me to thinking about the value of various types of products and their visibility in use.’
      • ‘An unlikely tenet of her new strategy: boost the visibility of prominent blacks and other minorities.’
      • ‘Monsanto knows better than any other corporation the costs of visibility.’
      • ‘Indeed, today, storage management has such prominence and visibility that it is now seen to be a major focus of corporate attention.’
      • ‘Because of her visibility, she is no longer able to work as an undercover agent.’
      • ‘Women's eNews today has a commentary on the lack of visibility of prominent women in the media.’
      • ‘We use them as a marketing office, to talk about the products and create some visibility.’
      • ‘City pages of newspapers are filled with high visibility advertisements for new products.’
      • ‘By giving use and visibility to the general usage of metadata, there's an incentive to converge on the same vocabulary.’
      • ‘Can these structures retain their radical visibility and accessibility within political contexts?’
      • ‘A disproportionate amount of the lower visibility general assignment positions have historically gone to women and minorities.’
      • ‘It has given us a degree of visibility to the public and given reassurance to the passengers and the company itself.’
      • ‘It will also be good for the company's visibility in general.’
      • ‘The Internet allows individuals to maintain a Web site and have the same global visibility as a major corporation.’
      • ‘Women have worked to gain recognition, access, and visibility in the leadership ranks of higher education.’
      fame, celebrity, eminence, pre-eminence, importance, distinction, greatness, note, notability, prestige, stature, standing, position, rank, renown, repute, illustriousness, acclaim, influence, account, consequence
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Origin

Late Middle English: from French visibilite or late Latin visibilitas, from Latin visibilis (see visible).

Pronunciation

visibility

/ˌvɪzəˈbɪlədi//ˌvizəˈbilədē/