Origin of imperceptibleFrench from Medieval Latin imperceptibilis: see in- and perceptible
An example of something imperceptible is a peaceful world to those who love anger and fighting.
- Impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses: an imperceptible drop in temperature.
- 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
(comparative more imperceptible, superlative most imperceptible)
From Middle French imperceptible, from Medieval Latin imperceptibilis
- He heard an almost imperceptible chuckle.
- For example, from the evidence of molar changes due to the obvious parts of bodies, science first comes to believe in molecular changes due to imperceptible particles, and then tries to conceive the ideas of particles, molecules, atoms, electrons.
- He found that the electricity of the tourmaline decreased rapidly from the summits or poles towards the middle of the crystal, where it was imperceptible; and he discovered that if a tourmaline is broken into any number of fragments, each fragment, when excited, has two opposite poles.
- These earthquake shocks have two distinct characteristics, a slight vibration, sometimes almost imperceptible, called a temblor, generally occurring at frequent intervals, and a violent horizontal or rotary vibration, or motion, also repeated at frequent intervals, called a terremoto, which is caused by a fracture or displacement of the earth's strata at some particular point, and often results in considerable damage.
- It is, however, probable that the one class runs into the other by imperceptible gradations.