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...and he let the line slip down, down, down, unrolling off the first of the two reserve coils. As it went down, slipping lightly through the old man’s fingers, he still could feel the great weight, though the pressure of his thumb and finger were almost imperceptible.
Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses
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imperceptible imperceptibly
Word Prefix:  The prefix, "im" often means "not"; as "impossible" is "not possible" or "immature" is "not mature".
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  • ...and he let the line slip down, down, down, unrolling off the first of the two reserve coils. As it went down, slipping lightly through the old man’s fingers, he still could feel the great weight, though the pressure of his thumb and finger were almost imperceptible.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • Aspen gave me an almost imperceptible smile.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Clary felt Jace’s hand tighten on hers, a nearly imperceptible pressure.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The tremor in my hand has become so normal, so nonstop, that it’s generally imperceptible to me.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • Almost imperceptibly, he was inching his head forward, to see around her.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • And eventually the dark peeled back layer by layer, and with imperceptible gradations the sky feathered to a delicate pale blue.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Miss Luz, almost imperceptible in the other bottom bunk, was recovering from breast cancer treatment and had no hair on her tiny head.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Though her head felt as though it were spinning, Gabby nodded almost imperceptibly as she felt things click into place: the fact that Travis usually seemed only half-dressed, his utter lack of discomfort at conversing with his chest bared, an explanation for why he worked out so much.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The old man nodded almost imperceptibility to the bartender.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • My head dangles, my eyes are open but unfocused, my breathing imperceptible.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall

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  • Against Mr. O’Hanlon’s humming harangue, a memory was rising to dispute him: the courtroom shifted imperceptibly, in it she looked down on the same heads.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Levana’s lips were pinched, her face static but for the slow drawing back of her ears, the almost imperceptible clenching of her jaw.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • In answer to her question, the bell rang — only once, and almost imperceptibly, as if Sticky had just tapped it with his fingernails.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Painfully, almost imperceptibly, the Dolphin inched forward through the water.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • His chin lifted almost imperceptibly higher.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • She turned to walk around it, and almost imperceptibly her steps slowed.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • And I don’t move a muscle other than to take shallow, almost imperceptible breaths.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • As imperceptibly as possible, Denny slid his phone from his pocket.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Now that they were focused on the mission, both Oscar and Cristian relaxed and made almost imperceptibly small movements with their joysticks.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • "You have minds," Bastian murmurs one evening in the refectory, each boy hunching almost imperceptibly farther over his food as the commandant’s finger grazes the back of his uniform.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • A muscle flexes at the corner of her mouth, almost imperceptible.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Mr. Armour walks us to the door, shaking Margot’s hand and nodding almost imperceptibly at me with a strained smile that I think might be pity, or possibly, disdain.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • The tide inched outward, slowly, imperceptibly, outward toward the sea, the eternal rendezvous, inexorably flowing with the tilt of the earth.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Was it coincidence that joy and power imperceptibly drained from my ministry?
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The slightest movement, almost imperceptible, before a hand ripped back the curtain.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • She averted her face for an instant, glancing at an adjoining line of prisoners shambling through the golgotha of their selection, and saw Eva’s flute teacher Zaorski at the precise congealed instant of his doom—dispatched to the left and to Birkenau by an almost imperceptible nod of a doctor’s head.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Cordelia stands uncertainly, squinting a little, head poking forward and swinging imperceptibly from side to side, the way an elephant’s does, or some slow, bewildered animal.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Patch asked, directing an almost imperceptible nod at the foosball table.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • It was Jamie who looked away first, with an almost imperceptible shiver, as though he were cold.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The other passengers in back — (unkempt handlebar-moustache guy; grown woman with braces; anxious black mom with elementary-school girl; W. C. Fields—looking oldster with nose tubes and oxygen canister) — all seemed too surprised to talk, though the little girl, eyes round, shook her head almost imperceptibly: no. The driver waited.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • But slowly, imperceptibly, my reasons for staying changed.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Simon shot Jordan a look, but Jordan shook his head, almost imperceptibly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • In answer, he gives an almost imperceptible shake of his head.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Just imperceptibly his manner changed.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • DANFORTH, now an almost imperceptible hardness in his voice: Then your purpose is somewhat larger.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Our faces change imperceptibly.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Jace flinched, almost imperceptibly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • His front wheel moved forward imperceptibly as he pushed on the pedals with his numb, exhausted legs.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • And if the muscles of his jaws stretched imperceptibly, she would yawn long before he would.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • When the committee called on Ma, Ruthie and Winfield faded imperceptibly back out of reach.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • In the corner, the robot’s head swung up sharply, but then wobbled about imperceptibly.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • By nearly imperceptible modulations I could hear the change.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • In one of these was a small and almost imperceptible chink through which the eye could just penetrate.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • After a brief space, the convulsion grew almost imperceptible, and finally subsided into the depths of his nature.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Suddenly, the elder at the center smiled almost imperceptibly, and the boy felt better.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • I imperceptibly nodded and shook my head, yes-and-no. "And the perfect word for me," he added in a distorted voice, as though his tongue had swollen, "psycho.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The universal experience of ages, showing that children do grow imperceptibly from the cradle to manhood, did not exist for the countess.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Snowden rejected the aspirin with an almost imperceptible shake of his head.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The rest of his body rocked almost imperceptibly inside his white shirt, marking time, keeping his rhythm.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • She shook her head almost imperceptibly.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
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