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1       adj   If you describe something as invisible, you mean that it cannot be seen, for example because it is transparent, hidden, or very small.  
usu v-link ADJ     (Antonym: visible)    The lines were so finely etched as to be invisible from a distance...     
  invisibly      adv   ADV with v  
A thin coil of smoke rose almost invisibly into the sharp, bright sky.     
2       adj   You can use invisible when you are talking about something that cannot be seen but has a definite effect. In this sense, invisible is often used before a noun which refers to something that can usually be seen.  
ADJ n  
Parents fear they might overstep these invisible boundaries...     
  invisibly      adv   ADV with v  
...the tradition that invisibly shapes things in the present.     
3       adj   If you say that you feel invisible, you are complaining that you are being ignored by other people. If you say that a particular problem or situation is invisible, you are complaining that it is not being considered or dealt with.  
The problems of the poor are largely invisible.     
  invisibility      n-uncount  
...the invisibility of women's concerns in society.     
4       adj   In stories, invisible people or things have a magic quality which makes people unable to see them.  
...The Invisible Man.     
5       adj   In economics, invisible earnings are the money that a country makes as a result of services such as banking and tourism, rather than by producing goods.     (BUSINESS)   ADJ n     (Antonym: visible)    Tourism is Britain's single biggest invisible export...     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    imperceptible, indiscernible, out of sight, unperceivable, unseen  
2    concealed, disguised, hidden, inappreciable, inconspicuous, infinitesimal, microscopic  
1    discernible, distinct, obvious, perceptible, seen, visible  

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