Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality or state of being impalpable, or imperceptible by touch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being impalpable.

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  • noun The quality of being impalpable; intangibility.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of being intangible and not perceptible by touch

Etymologies

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Formed as impalpable +‎ -ity; compare the French impalpabilité.

Examples

  • One who has faded into impalpability through death, through absence, through change of manners.

    Ulysses

  • This was taken off, one cup of water poured out, and three cups full of the powder, after she had ascertained its impalpability between her finger and thumb, were stirred in with a stick of cinnamon.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 538, March 17, 1832

  • They represent metaphorically, however, certain important qualities of verse which, with the exception of rime, cannot from their very impalpability be formally explained, but can only be suggested and partially described.

    The Principles of English Versification

  • I was obliged to make inquiries concerning his whereabouts, and this investigation soon convinced me that there was something wrong in Mayo after all; not the _spectre vert_ exactly, but yet an unpleasant impalpability.

    Disturbed Ireland Being the Letters Written During the Winter of 1880-81.

  • One who has faded into impalpability through death, through absence, through change of manners.

    Ulysses

  • Not often subtle in impulse or recondite in mood, his art has nothing of the impalpability, the drifting, iridescent vapours of Debussy, nothing of the impenetrable backgrounds of Brahms.

    Edward MacDowell

  • Not often subtle in impulse or recondite in mood, his art has nothing of the impalpability, the drifting, iridescent vapours of Debussy, nothing of the impenetrable backgrounds of Brahms.

    Edward MacDowell

  • The spirit finds Dante alive in the flesh and he in turn on account of the impalpability of the shade clasps only empty air.

    Dante: "The Central Man of All the World" A Course of Lectures Delivered Before the Student Body of the New York State College for Teachers, Albany, 1919, 1920

  • And, in below the sunshine of the gorse, where rough Mother Earth should have been, there lay instead a soft sunset cloud, the tender cream-yellow and green of myriads of primroses and the just uncurling fronds of the bracken -- primroses in such unbroken sheets and masses as to give a weird effect of remoteness and impalpability to that which was solid and close at hand.

    Pearl of Pearl Island

  • Perhaps one day, between them, they would break down the barrier, the strength of which seemed to lie in its very flimsiness, its impalpability.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary

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