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 ?
If this be so, fancy the irresistibleness of that might, to which the most impalpable and destructive of all elements contributes.
For a quarter of an hour I trod on this sand, sown with the impalpable dust of shells.
Met by this difficulty historians of that class devise some most obscure, impalpable, and general abstraction which can cover all conceivable occurrences, and declare this abstraction to be the aim of humanity's movement.
They veers so far from time and place that, although most of them related to our country and epoch, I could not imagine anything approximate from them; and Hawthorne himself seemed a remote and impalpable agency, rather than a person whom one might actually meet, as not long afterward happened with me.
she said, in a deliberate sweet voice that seemed to clothe her words in a diaphanous garment of impalpable irony.
Of course that is something indefinable, impalpable, but it has never been so before, and that glance means a great deal," she thought.
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.
To the untrue man, the whole universe is false -- it is impalpable -- it shrinks to nothing within his grasp.
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.
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.
Scanty grass took the place of the fine trees of the east; only a few belts of half-scorched herbage still contended against the invasion of the sand, and the huge rocks, that had rolled down from the distant summits, crushed in their fall, had scattered in sharp-edged pebbles which soon again became coarse sand, and finally impalpable dust.
And, therefore, to this man,--whose whole poor and impalpable enjoyment of existence heretofore, and until both his heart and fancy died within him, had been a dream,--whose images of women had more and more lost their warmth and substance, and been frozen, like the pictures of secluded artists, into the chillest ideality,--to him, this little figure of the cheeriest household life was just what he required to bring him back into the breathing world.