imperceptible


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im·per·cep·ti·ble

 (ĭm′pər-sĕp′tə-bəl)
adj.
1. Impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses: an imperceptible drop in temperature.
2. So subtle, slight, or gradual as to be barely perceptible: an imperceptible nod.

im′per·cep′ti·bil′i·ty, im′per·cep′ti·ble·ness n.
im′per·cep′ti·bly adv.

imperceptible

(ˌɪmpəˈsɛptɪbəl)
adj
too slight, subtle, gradual, etc, to be perceived
ˌimperˌceptiˈbility, ˌimperˈceptibleness n
ˌimperˈceptibly adv

im•per•cep•ti•ble

(ˌɪm pərˈsɛp tə bəl)

adj.
1. very slight, gradual, or subtle: the imperceptible slope of the road.
2. not perceived by or affecting the senses.
[1520–30; < Medieval Latin]
im`per•cep`ti•bil′i•ty, im`per•cep′ti•ble•ness, n.
im`per•cep′ti•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.imperceptible - impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses; "an imperceptible drop in temperature"; "an imperceptible nod"; "color is unperceivable to the touch"
inaudible, unhearable - impossible to hear; imperceptible by the ear; "an inaudible conversation"
impalpable - imperceptible to the senses or the mind; "an impalpable cloud"; "impalpable shadows"; "impalpable distinctions"; "as impalpable as a dream"
invisible, unseeable - impossible or nearly impossible to see; imperceptible by the eye; "the invisible man"; "invisible rays"; "an invisible hinge"; "invisible mending"
perceptible - capable of being perceived by the mind or senses; "a perceptible limp"; "easily perceptible sounds"; "perceptible changes in behavior"

imperceptible

imperceptible

adjective
1. Incapable of being apprehended by the mind or the senses:
2. So minute as not to be discernible:
Translations

imperceptible

[ˌɪmpəˈseptəbl] ADJ (gen) → imperceptible

imperceptible

[ˌɪmpərˈsɛptɪbəl] adjimperceptible

imperceptible

adj (→ für jdn) → nicht wahrnehmbar; difference, movement alsounmerklich; sight alsounsichtbar; sound alsounhörbar

imperceptible

[ˌɪmpəˈsɛptəbl] adjimpercettibile
References in classic literature ?
They became intimate and friendly by imperceptible degrees, and then by leaps.
But this was not so easy, as George was the better rider, and by an imperceptible movement of his wrist and foot had glued his horse to her side.
But when those words were irrevocably spoken, his look assumed sternness, the sense of power, and immitigable resolve; and this with so natural and imperceptible a change, that it seemed as if the iron man had stood there from the first, and the meek man not at all.
After a brief space, the convulsion grew almost imperceptible, and finally subsided into the depths of his nature.
While the ear of the former has an external opening, that of the latter is entirely and evenly covered over with a membrane, so as to be quite imperceptible from without.
I had had confidential agents trickling through the country some time, whose office was to undermine knighthood by imperceptible degrees, and to gnaw a little at this and that and the other superstition, and so prepare the way gradually for a better order of things.
I had been vaguely conscious, for a while, of a person who was walking in the street abreast of us; I had glanced furtively at him once or twice, and noticed that he was a fine, large, vigorous young fellow, with an open, independent countenance, faintly shaded with a pale and even almost imperceptible crop of early down, and that he was clothed from head to heel in cool and enviable snow-white linen.
By imperceptible degrees, it became a hopeless consciousness of all that I had lost - love, friendship, interest; of all that had been shattered - my first trust, my first affection, the whole airy castle of my life; of all that remained - a ruined blank and waste, lying wide around me, unbroken, to the dark horizon.
By imperceptible degrees, as the tide ran out, we lost more and more of the nearer woods and hills, and dropped lower and lower between the muddy banks, but the tide was yet with us when we were off Gravesend.
Silas gave an almost imperceptible start, though the question fell in with the under-current of thought in his own mind, and then said, in a subdued tone, "Why, Eppie, have you been a-thinking on it?
But, though so little had seemed to happen, and though our walking record was shamefully modest, yet, imperceptible as the transition had been, we were, quite insensibly indeed, and unacknowledged, in a very different relation to each other than when we had started out from the Morning Star.
By the fundamental principle of Christianity, the happiness of the individual is interwoven, by innumerable and imperceptible ties, with that of his contemporaries.