Impalpable Im*pal"pa*ble, a. [Pref. im- not + palpable: cf. F. impalpable.] 1. Not palpable; that cannot be felt; extremely fine, so that no grit can be perceived by touch. ``Impalpable powder.'' --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

2. Not material; intangible; incorporeal. ``Impalpable, void, and bodiless.'' --Holland. [1913 Webster]

3. Not apprehensible, or readily apprehensible, by the mind; unreal; as, impalpable distinctions. [1913 Webster]

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  • impalpable — [ ɛ̃palpabl ] adj. • v. 1440; bas lat. impalpabilis 1 ♦ Qu on ne peut palper, sentir au toucher; sans consistance. ⇒ immatériel. Ombres impalpables. Fig. « l impalpable péril des routes aériennes » (Saint Exupéry ). 2 ♦ Qui est trop ténu pour… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • impalpable — adjetivo 1. Que no puede tocarse con las manos, o que es difícil de percibir por el tacto por ser muy fino o ligero, o de poca densidad: Es un tejido casi impalpable. 2. (antepuesto / pospuesto) Que es difícil de percibir o notar: Una amargura… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • impalpable — (adj.) c.1500, from Fr. impalpable, from M.L. impalpabilis, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + palpabilis (see PALPABLE (Cf. palpable)). Figurative use from 1774. Related: Impalpably; impalpability …   Etymology dictionary

  • impalpable — Impalpable. adj. de tout genre. Qui est si fin & si délié qu il ne fait aucune impression sensible au toucher. On a reduit ces perles, ce corail en poudre impalpable, &c …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • impalpable — que no puede ser detectado por el sentido del tacto. Extremadamente fino Diccionario ilustrado de Términos Médicos.. Alvaro Galiano. 2010 …   Diccionario médico

  • impalpable — I adjective attenuated, barely seen, concealed, covered, covert, delicate, difficult to feel, difficult to perceive, difficult to see, doubtable, dubitable, equivocal, fine, hidden, immateriate, imperceptible, inappreciable, inapprehensible,… …   Law dictionary

  • impalpable — *imperceptible, insensible, intangible, inappreciable, imponderable Analogous words: tenuous, rare, slight (see THIN adj): attenuated, extenuated, rarefied (see THIN vb) Antonyms: palpable Contrasted words: *perceptible, sensible, tangible,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • impalpable — [adj] intangible, unsubstantial airy, delicate, disembodied, fine, imperceptible, imponderable, imprecise, inappreciable, incorporeal, indiscernible, indistinct, insensible, insubstantial, nebulous, shadowy, tenuous, thin, unapparent,… …   New thesaurus

  • impalpable — (De in 2 y palpable). 1. adj. Que no produce sensación al tacto. 2. Que apenas la produce. 3. Ligero, sutil, casi imperceptible …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • impalpable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) unable to be felt by touch. 2) not easily comprehended. DERIVATIVES impalpably adverb …   English terms dictionary

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