impalpable


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im·pal·pa·ble

 (ĭm-păl′pə-bəl)
adj.
1. Not perceptible to the touch; intangible.
2. Difficult to perceive or grasp by the mind.

im·pal′pa·bil′i·ty n.
im·pal′pa·bly adv.

impalpable

(ɪmˈpælpəbəl)
adj
1. imperceptible, esp to the touch: impalpable shadows.
2. difficult to understand; abstruse
imˌpalpaˈbility n
imˈpalpably adv

im•pal•pa•ble

(ɪmˈpæl pə bəl)

adj.
1. incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch; intangible.
2. difficult for the mind to grasp readily.
3. (of powder) so fine that when rubbed between the fingers no grit is felt.
[1500–10]
im•pal`pa•bil′i•ty, n.
im•pal′pa•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.impalpable - incapable of being perceived by the senses especially the sense of touch; "the intangible constituent of energy"- James Jeans
abstract - existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment; "abstract words like `truth' and `justice'"
2.impalpable - imperceptible to the senses or the mind; "an impalpable cloud"; "impalpable shadows"; "impalpable distinctions"; "as impalpable as a dream"
imperceptible, unperceivable - impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses; "an imperceptible drop in temperature"; "an imperceptible nod"; "color is unperceivable to the touch"
palpable, tangible - capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt; "a barely palpable dust"; "felt sudden anger in a palpable wave"; "the air was warm and close--palpable as cotton"; "a palpable lie"
3.impalpable - not perceptible to the touch; "an impalpable pulse"
imperceptible, unperceivable - impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses; "an imperceptible drop in temperature"; "an imperceptible nod"; "color is unperceivable to the touch"

impalpable

adjective
Translations

impalpable

[ɪmˈpælpəbl] ADJimpalpable (fig) → intangible, inaprensible

impalpable

adj (lit)nicht fühlbar; (fig)nicht greifbar, vage

im·pal·pa·ble

n. impalpable.
References in classic literature ?
It was so feeble and inconsistent a culmination to the beautiful scenery they had passed through, so hopeless and imbecile a conclusion to the preparation of that long picturesque journey, with its glimpses of sylvan and pastoral glades and canyons, that, as the coach swept down the last incline, and the remorseless monotony of the dead level spread out before them, furrowed by ditches and indented by pits, under cover of shielding their cheeks from the impalpable dust that rose beneath the plunging wheels, they buried their faces in their handkerchiefs, to hide a few half-hysterical tears.
This impalpable claim, therefore, resulted in nothing more solid than to cherish, from generation to generation, an absurd delusion of family importance, which all along characterized the Pyncheons.
He was, in truth, a rare phenomenon; so perfect, in one point of view; so shallow, so delusive, so impalpable such an absolute nonentity, in every other.
If this be so, fancy the irresistibleness of that might, to which the most impalpable and destructive of all elements contributes.
We are, and must be, one and all, burdened with faults in this world: but the time will soon come when, I trust, we shall put them off in putting off our corruptible bodies; when debasement and sin will fall from us with this cumbrous frame of flesh, and only the spark of the spirit will remain,--the impalpable principle of light and thought, pure as when it left the Creator to inspire the creature: whence it came it will return; perhaps again to be communicated to some being higher than man--perhaps to pass through gradations of glory, from the pale human soul to brighten to the seraph
I declined joining their breakfast, and, at the first gleam of dawn, took an opportunity of escaping into the free air, now clear, and still, and cold as impalpable ice.
As he swept his long arms, as though brushing aside some impalpable obstacle, the wolves fell back and back further still.
For a quarter of an hour I trod on this sand, sown with the impalpable dust of shells.
Providence appears to me to have no share in this affair; and happily so, for instead of the invisible, impalpable agent of celestial rewards and punishments, I shall find one both palpable and visible, on whom I shall revenge myself, I assure you, for all I have suffered during the last month.
A portion of the stone will I grind to impalpable powder; other parts shall be dissolved in acids, or whatever solvents will act upon so admirable a composition; and the remainder I design to melt in the crucible, or set on fire with the blow-pipe.
Young souls, in such pleasant delirium as hers are as unsympathetic as butterflies sipping nectar; they are isolated from all appeals by a barrier of dreams--by invisible looks and impalpable arms.
Next in place we will marshal those workmen in cutlery, who have breathed a fatal disorder into their lungs with the impalpable dust of steel.