Meaning of “invisible” in the English Dictionary

"invisible" in English

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uk /ɪnˈvɪz.ə.bəl/ us /ɪnˈvɪz.ə.bəl/

B2 impossible to see:

The aircraft is designed to be invisible to radar.
These bacteria are invisible unless viewed with a microscope.

[ before noun ] specialized finance & economics used to refer to money that is added to a country's economy by activities such as the service and financial industries rather than the production of goods in factories:

an increase in invisible exports
Tourism brings in 40 percent of the island's invisible earnings.

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adverb uk /ɪnˈvɪz.ə.bli/ us /ɪnˈvɪz.ə.bli/
noun [ U ] uk /ɪnˌvɪz.əˈbɪl.ə.ti/ us /ɪnˌvɪz.əˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/

The bits of gold in the sand were small to the point of invisibility (= so small that they almost could not be seen).

(Definition of “invisible” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"invisible" in American English

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invisibleadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɪnˈvɪz·ə·bəl/

impossible to see:

Invisible bacteria can lead to food poisoning.
She was so unimportant in their lives that she was almost invisible to them.
noun [ U ] us /ɪnˌvɪz·əˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/

(Definition of “invisible” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"invisible" in Business English

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uk /ɪnˈvɪzəbl/ us ECONOMICS

used to describe trade in services such as banking and insurance, that can be sold in foreign countries or to buyers from foreign countries:

The new invisible export figures are just out.
An invisible import is generally a service – if a country receives investment banking consulting from another country, for instance.
Invisible trade accounts for a growing slice of the value of world trade.


uk /ɪnˈvɪzəbl/ us ECONOMICS
invisibles [ plural ]

also invisible exports a service such as insurance or banking that is sold in foreign countries or to buyers from foreign countries:

Invisibles now make up a larger proportion of the UK's current account.

(Definition of “invisible” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)