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blur

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noun \ˈblər\

Simple Definition of blur

  • : something that you cannot see clearly

  • : something that is difficult to remember

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of blur

  1. 1 :  a smear or stain that obscures

  2. 2 :  something vaguely or indistinctly perceived; especially :  something moving or occurring too quickly to be clearly seen

Origin of blur

perhaps akin to Middle English bleren to blear


First Known Use: 1519

Rhymes with blur


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blur

verb

Simple Definition of blur

  • : to make (something) unclear or difficult to see or remember

  • : to become unclear or difficult to see or remember

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of blur

blurredblurring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to obscure or blemish by smearing

  3. 2 :  sully

  4. 3 :  to make dim, indistinct, or vague in outline or character

  5. 4 :  to make cloudy or confused

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to make blurs

  8. 2 :  to become vague or indistinct

blurringly play \ˈblər-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of blur in a sentence

  1. The tears in my eyes blurred the words on the page.

  2. His novel is based on historical occurrences but it blurs the line between fact and fiction.

  3. The two events have blurred together in my mind.



1520

First Known Use of blur

1520


BLUR Defined for Kids

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blur

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noun \ˈblər\

Definition of blur for Students

  1. 1 :  something that cannot be seen clearly <The ball was moving so fast, all I saw was a blur.>

  2. 2 :  something that is difficult to remember <By now, my summer vacation is a blur.>




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blur

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verb

Definition of blur for Students

blurredblurring

  1. 1 :  to make unclear or hard to see or remember <Adjusting the lenses just blurred the image further.>

  2. 2 :  to make or become unclear or confused <Time only blurred his memory of the incident.>





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