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tangible

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Definition capable of being touched, or easily understood so there is no question of its value or reality
  • They set tangible goals.
tangible = clear (easily understood and measured)
  • The performance goal should be expressed as a tangible, measurable objective, against which actual achievement can be compared.
  • tangible = easily understood
  • Did you find any tangible evidence?
  • tangible = clear
  • Theories are always very thin and insubstantial, experience only is tangible.
    Hosea Ballou
  • tangible property like real estate
  • But with every word she was drawing further and further into herself, so he gave that up, and only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily, undespairingly, toward that lost voice across the room.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • tangible = touchable
  • She? he? it? smiled at them, and the radiance of the smile was as tangible as a soft breeze, as directly warming as the rays of the sun.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • tangible = clearly felt
  • Normally Connor would walk away from a conversation like this. His life is about tangibles: things you can see, hear, and touch. God, souls, and all that has always been like a secret in a black box he couldn't see into, so it was easier to just leave it alone.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • tangibles = capable of being touched, or easily understood so there is no question of its value or reality
  • In anticipation of some tangible return.
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • tangible = clearly valuable
  • My exclusion is tangible, as if concrete walls have formed around me.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • tangible = so evident (or obvious) it seems like it can be touched
  • She paused, as if to add weight to her already tangibly heavy words.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • tangibly = so real or weighty they seem capable of being touched
  • Beside me, Eli just stood there, the awkwardness tangible, something solid you could feel.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • tangible = obvious (metaphorically, capable of being touched)
  • Roots were in ownership of land, in tangible and immovable possessions.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • tangible = capable of being touched
  • ...every step he took made the thing more tangible.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • tangible = real
  • Sometimes I think evil is a tangible thing — with wave lengths, just as sound and light have.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • tangible = a physical presence
  • It seemed as if I were drinking in the almost tangible pleasure of the morning like a rich, heavy malted milk that comes slow and thick through the straws.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • tangible = capable of being touched
  • Like dreamland was a real place, tangible, where we would all wander close enough to catch glimpses and brush shoulders.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • tangible = capable of being touched
  • Hunter explored the darkest nightmares of the human mind and, with cool precision, made them tangible.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • tangible = easily understood
  • If I were going to really try to define the gift of love in tangible terms, I would have to cite as an example what my Uncle Red did for me and what he gave me during this last year.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • tangible = capable of being easily understood (in a concrete rather than an abstract manner)
  • When Mr. Huntington gave me the first two dollars, I did not blame him for not giving me more, but made up my mind that I was going to convince him by tangible results that we were worthy of larger gifts.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
tangible = easily recognized as valuable

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