Definition of visibility in English:

visibility

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The state of being able to see or be seen.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

visibility

/vɪzɪˈbɪlɪti/