Word + Quiz: tangible

Word + Quiz: tangible

1. perceptible by the senses, especially the sense of touch

2. capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt

3. capable of being treated as fact

4. (of especially business assets) having physical substance and intrinsic monetary value


The word tangible has appeared in 370 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 9 in “A Glimpse of a Bygone Life on Scottish Islands, Plucked From the Trash” by Megan Specia:

In the bags, he found a wealth of old pictures of the Shetland Islands taken in the 1960s and ’70s — old farmers shearing sheep by hand, views of dirt roads winding between small stone houses, and fishers rowing small dinghies ashore.

… Mr. Dymond gave permission for the slides to be donated to the Shetland Museum and Archives, and Mr. Moar plans to take them there once the site reopens after coronavirus restrictions ease.

Mr. Moar said he hoped they could serve as a reminder of the simplicity of life on the islands.

“Life is slower here,” he said. “But these old photos are certainly a window into a past era where life was, people would say, more real and more tangible.”