First recorded in 1500–10; im-2 + palpable (Source: dictionary.com)
Early 16th century from French, or from late Latin impalpabilis, from in- ‘not’ + palpabilis (see palpable). (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Impalpable
- not palpable; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch; intangible.
- difficult for the mind to grasp readily or easily:
- (of powder) so fine that when rubbed between the fingers no grit is felt.
- imperceptible, esp to the touchimpalpable shadows
- difficult to understand; abstruse
- Unable to be felt by touch.
- : incapable of being felt by touch : intangible the impalpable aura of power that emanated from him— Osbert Sitwell
- : so finely divided that no grains or grit can be felt rock worn to an impalpable powder
- : not readily discerned by the mind impalpable evils
Example sentences for Impalpable
- Only the originals have a true, if impalpable, connection to that man and that moment of making.
- It is impossible to make marble imitate that which is impalpable.
- I tried to brush them away, but they were so impalpable that the movement of my hand did not disturb them at all.
- So light was her step that the living, moving body seemed to be as impalpable as its spirit image.
- The opposition had, to all appearance, dissolved into impalpable matter.
- At every step his foot sank in, and a fine cloud of impalpable ashes flew up into his face; and it was dark.
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