To see details on the word
please enable javascript.


that intangible thing—the soul
  incapable of being perceived by the senses; or something that is hard to identify
 Mark word for later review on this computer
intangible intangibles intangibility intangibly
Strongly Associated with:   tangible
Standard prefix:  in- at the beginning of a word often means "not" as in incorrect or independent. So, intangible means not tangible or "not able to be touched".
Web Links:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Dictionary -®
Dictionary/Synonyms - Google®
Dictionary List - OneLook®
  • that intangible thing—the soul
  • an intangible feeling of impending disaster
  • It was a clear day, and yet there seemed an intangible pall over the face of things, a subtle gloom that made the day dark, and that was due to the absence of sun.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • "She becomes intangible," Park said.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park

  • Show more
  • There was something intangible about her.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Kit was aware again of that intangible warning that she could not interpret.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "We are fighting for matters real and tangible …. our property and our homes," wrote a Texas private in 1864, "they for matters abstract and intangible."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • It was something else, abstract and remote, intangible yet worrisome to my spirit.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Patch was an X factor: intangible, scary, and unknown.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Undermines that intangible feeling of confidence, you know.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

  • Show more again
  • He spoke of God reaching into the world through miracles and the intangible blessings that give men the strength to out-last their sorrows.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • They are the highest reality…… The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Grief, terror, love, longing-these were intangibles, but the intangibles had their own mass and specific gravity, they had tangible weight.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • The enemy ceased firing, and that stern, threatening, inaccessible, and intangible line which separates two hostile armies was all the more clearly felt.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Of late there had been other signs of her disfavour, as intangible but more disquieting.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Something intangible had changed in the atmosphere.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Suddenly and for the first time, she felt the screen, not as the most intangible, but as the most grimly absolute barrier in the world.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • One beholds floating, either in space or in one’s own brain, one knows not what vague and intangible thing, like the dreams of sleeping flowers.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Although most people laughed when Lacy told them her husband’s job involved putting a price on joy, it was simply what economists did-find value for the intangibles in life.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The uncontrollable and hopeless mass of decomposition so engendered, would have polluted the air, even if poverty and deprivation had not loaded it with their intangible impurities; the two bad sources combined made it almost insupportable.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • It was the same intangible, unspectacular courage that all the Wilkeses possessed, a quality which Scarlett did not understand but to which she gave grudging tribute.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • But these are intangible points.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He was no longer afraid of minor things, and much of his timidity had vanished, though the unknown never ceased to press upon him with its mysteries and terrors, intangible and ever-menacing.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Behind the secrets of nature remains something subtle, intangible, and inexplicable.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • It also gave me the first sure sign of how certain intangible barriers might be crossed.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • They were troubled and feverish hours, disturbed with dreams that were intangible, that eluded her, leaving only an impression upon her half-awakened senses of something unattainable.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • After I got away, it was all too delicate, too intangible, to write about.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • There was a garret above, pierced with a scuttle over his head; and down through this scuttle came a cat, suspended around the haunches by a string; she had a rag tied about her head and jaws to keep her from mewing; as she slowly descended she curved upward and clawed at the string, she swung downward and clawed at the intangible air.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • That intangible malignity which has been from the beginning; to whose dominion even the modern Christians ascribe one-half of the worlds; which the ancient Ophites of the east reverenced in their statue devil;—Ahab did not fall down and worship it like them; but deliriously transferring its idea to the abhorred white whale, he pitted himself, all mutilated, against it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Pearl either saw and responded to her mother’s feelings, or herself felt the remoteness and intangibility that had fallen around the minister.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • If not the thing itself, it is marvellously like it, and the more so for that ethereal and intangible quality which causes it all to vanish at too close an introspection.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • What drew people to him was something intangible, an air about him.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Following a walk marked by an intangible mist of bloom that followed the white border stones she came to a space overlooking the sea where there were lanterns asleep in the fig trees and a big table and wicker chairs and a great market umbrella from Sienna, all gathered about an enormous pine, the biggest tree in the garden.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • From that moment on, I felt about me and within my dark body an invisible, intangible swarming.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • He would let her see, all those six years of intangible ethereal courtship, how little care he had for anything but as it bore upon the consummation.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Merely something incorporeal, intangible?
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Leon led the doctor upstairs who descended some while later intangibly enlarged by his professional encounter with the core of all their concerns.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Nice cutting is her function: she divides With spiritual edge the millet-seed, And makes intangible savings.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • No definite image survived; at the Birth it was questionable whether a silver doll or a mud village, or a silk napkin, or an intangible spirit, or a pious resolution, had been born.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • While his mind had been pursuing its intangible phantoms and turning in irresolution from such pursuit he had heard about him the constant voices of his father and of his masters, urging him to be a gentleman above all things and urging him to be a good catholic above all things.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Tom was not given to inquire subtly into his own motives any more than into other matters of an intangible kind; he was quite sure that his own motives as well as actions were good, else he would have had nothing to do with them.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • All during the first year Louise tried to make her husband understand the vague and intangible hunger that had led to the writing of the note and that was still unsatisfied.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • Everything he said sounded intangibly appropriate.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Looking at those pictures had given him a feeling which was strange yet eerily intangible , it had been like looking at photographs of his own imagination, and he knew that from that moment on, whenever he tried to imagine Misery’s little combination parlor and study, Mrs Roman D. (’Virginia’) Sandpiper’s Polaroids would leap immediately into his mind, obscuring imagination with their cheery but onedimensional concreteness.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Only like a bee, drawn by some sweetness or sharpness in the air intangible to touch or taste, one haunted the dome-shaped hive, ranged the wastes of the air over the countries of the world alone, and then haunted the hives with their murmurs and their stirrings; the hives, which were people.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • But now, for some intangible reason, Lee felt as though she had a point to prove.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • When it comes to the intangible, the marginal choices, we understand each other.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • But there was something strange, intangible, immense about him.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • Secret, maybe, inside, intangible.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
Search for samples from other sources:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®
Associated words [difficulty]:   intangible [4] , tangible [2]
     If popups are enabled: Search in OneLook®   If Flash® is also enabled: Search in Visuwords®
Most commonly used in these subjects:   Business, Personal Finance, Law
Home . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading