• WordNet 3.6
    • adj palpable capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt "a barely palpable dust","felt sudden anger in a palpable wave","the air was warm and close--palpable as cotton","a palpable lie"
    • adj palpable can be felt by palpation "a palpable tumor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Palpable Capable of being touched and felt; perceptible by the touch; as, a palpable form. "Darkness must overshadow all his bounds, Palpable darkness."
    • Palpable Easily perceptible; plain; distinct; obvious; readily perceived and detected; gross; as, palpable imposture; palpable absurdity; palpable errors. "Three persons palpable .""Lies] gross as a mountain, open, palpable .""A hit, A very palpable hit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • palpable That may be felt; perceptible by the touch; manifest to sight or touch; hence, appearing as if it might be touched or felt.
    • palpable Hence Plain; evident; obvious; easily perceived or detected: as, palpable lies; a palpable mistake.
    • palpable In medicine, perceptible by palpation. Synonyms Tangible.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Palpable pal′pa-bl that can be touched or felt: easily perceived or found out, as lies, &c.: looking as if it might be touched or felt: obvious, gross
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  • Agnes Repplier
    “People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. palpable, L. palpabilis, fr. palpare, to feel, stroke; cf. palpus, the soft palm of the hand
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. palpabilispalpāre, -ātum, to touch softly.


In literature:

But with what palpable superiority of judgment in the original!
"Biographia Literaria" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
It was different from them in as much as it fairly dripped and oozed with a very palpable wetness.
"Over Prairie Trails" by Frederick Philip Grove
There was something palpable in this voice, something that instantly stopped my helpless descent, and kept me from falling any further.
"From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan" by Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
His aim is clear and palpable.
"The Death of Wallenstein" by Friedrich Schiller
In the midst of the temporal the eternal is made palpable and present to us in the beautiful, and offers itself to our enjoyment.
"The Aesthetical Essays" by Friedrich Schiller
Pomposity fell away from Mr. Thomas Colvin McIntyre, leaving him palpably shivering.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
The arguments are so absurd, the bias of the court so palpable, that it is not worth while to discuss them.
"Lineage, Life and Labors of Jose Rizal: Philippine Patriot" by Austin Craig
Oh, is it not palpable?
"Tom Cringle's Log" by Michael Scott
A huge, living, daily increasing grievance that does one no palpable harm, is the happiest possession that a man can have.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
It is only kings who can build their castles in the air of palpable stones and mortar.
"Castilian Days" by John Hay
Of that I must wait for more palpable evidence, though not for my own convincing.
"The Master of Silence" by Irving Bacheller
I awoke suddenly; I felt Isora trembling palpably by my side.
"Devereux, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The justice of this proceeding may be questioned, but its motive is palpable enough.
"Rome in 1860" by Edward Dicey
There are three rooms and a corridor (or entrance passage) filled with paintings, of which three fourths at least are palpable copies.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
She held out her white hands, and let the warmth play over them palpably as a touch.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
They were so palpably official as not to raise a moment's doubting.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
The dirt, when it is rubbed and smudged and scraped is more palpably dirt than the honest mud.
"Dr. Wortle's School" by Anthony Trollope
To me it's exactly as palpable as the marble of this chimney.
"Embarrassments" by Henry James
There must be something more palpable than temper to have occasioned it.
"Kept in the Dark" by Anthony Trollope
It was a palpable, tyrannous, murderous injustice, which no man, let him paint an inch thick, could make out to be other.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, May 1844" by Various

In poetry:

To his house the bodiless
Come to barter endlessly
Vision, wisdom, for bodies
Palpable as his, and weighty.
"Sculptor" by Sylvia Plath
Thro' all its boundless, drear, domains,
A darkness palpable still reigns;
Nor ever, since the world was made,
Has light illum'd the joyless glade.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren, (Part 2­), Or A Description Of Hell, An" by Rees Prichard
And I have followed Fame with less devotion,
And kept no real ambition but to see
Rise from the foam of Nature's sunlit ocean
My dream of palpable divinity;
"The Need To Love" by Alan Seeger
But a time came when, turning full of hate
And weariness from my remembered themes,
I wished my poet's pipe could modulate
Beauty more palpable than words and dreams.
"Poem" by Aldous Huxley
VIII. Yet though so fleeting in thy poignant pleasure,
Though thy brief span is scarce a raptured hour,
Though still least palpable thy richest treasure,
Though as we cull, still fades thy sweetest flow'r;
"Joy" by Sydney Owenson
Look now even now, how it keeps its power of invisibility!
Look how black, how blue-black, how globed in Egyptian
Dropping among his leaves, hangs the dark grape!
See him there, the swart, so palpably invisible:
Whom shall we ask about him?
"Grapes" by D H Lawrence

In news:

The fear of nuclear war was palpable.
Palpable ' enthusiasm on campaign trail.
' Palpable feeling of relief' on revised UI enrollment report.
Pressure of Q-School palpable .
Anger palpable at Amsterdam school budget hearing.
In Georgia, war is still palpable .
John McCain's " Palpable Pain".
Confidence at Man City is palpable .
50-year-old female with palpable breast mass.
35 year old male presents with pain and a palpable mass behind his lower leg.
At a time when stock trading is dominated by rapid-fire computers, he relishes paper stock s for their palpability.
Just when I thought my anticipation for the new Flying Lotus album couldn't get more palpable, he drops what has to be one of the freshest videos I've seen in a while.
After the safe return of the Chilean miners, the country's high and their sense of pride was palpable when I arrived in November.
With memories of my beloved Orioles still lingering, the afterglow of the World Series was palpable and the heart of football season was fast upon us.
Miami University is a sick, sick campus in desperate need of the largest group therapy session ever recorded, top-rung leadership more palpably concerned with student safety and a less corporate approach to media relations.

In science:

A palpable feature of the curves P0 (w) is their symmetry.
Pseudo Random Coins Show More Heads Than Tails
We will, in this article, construct a matricial model for the ⊞-infinitely divisible distributions, and present in a more palpable way the bijection Ψ.
Classical and free infinitely divisible distributions and random matrices
The average resistance of a network gives a simplified but palpable interpretation of its transport properties.
Diffusion Processes on Small-World Networks with Distance-Dependent Random-Links
There has been palpable progress in the development of techniques and tools to address the core-collapse problem in the last thirty years, but the current status of the theory for the mechanism and the systematics of core-collapse explosions is ambiguous, if not confusing.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
It will be in practice projected out in the partition function with all other half-integer spin states of SL(2, R)k /U (1) but we nevertheless include it to make the connection with the elliptic genus of the orbifolded super-Liouville theory more palpable.
Gauge Threshold Corrections for N = 2 Heterotic Local Models with Flux, and Mock Modular Forms
This is palpable if the compressible Euler equations are written in terms of the logarithmic density δ = ln(ρ/ ¯ρ) (see, for instance, Federrath et al. 2009a).
Numerical and semi-analytic core mass distributions in supersonic isothermal turbulence
It is palpable that neither of these properties is satisfied in shocks in SNR shells, thereby eliminating the most aesthetic reason for considering shock acceleration as the principal means of energizing cosmic rays.
Cosmic Ray Origin, Acceleration and Propagation
Unfortunately, there was no palpable effect of these publications on OH.
Also, the present observable universe arises from within a causally-connected region of the very early universe, thus explaining its palpable smoothness.
Discrete quark-lepton symmetry need not pose a cosmological domain wall problem