from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Capable of being handled, touched, or felt; tangible.
  • adjective Medicine Capable of being felt by palpating.
  • adjective Easily perceived; obvious: synonym: perceptible.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • That may be felt; perceptible by the touch; manifest to sight or touch; hence, appearing as if it might be touched or felt.
  • Hence Plain; evident; obvious; easily perceived or detected: as, palpable lies; a palpable mistake.
  • In medicine, perceptible by palpation.

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

  • adjective Capable of being touched and felt; perceptible by the touch.
  • adjective Easily perceptible; plain; distinct; obvious; readily perceived and detected; gross

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Capable of being touched, felt or handled; touchable, tangible.
  • adjective Obvious or easily perceived; noticeable.
  • adjective medicine That can be detected by palpation.

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

  • adjective can be felt by palpation
  • adjective capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin palpābilis, from Latin palpāre, to touch gently; see pāl- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French palpable and its source, Latin palpābilis.


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