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turbid

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adjective tur·bid \ˈtər-bəd\

Simple Definition of turbid

  • of a liquid : not clean or clear : cloudy or muddy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of turbid

  1. 1a :  thick or opaque with or as if with roiled sediment <a turbid stream>b :  heavy with smoke or mist

  2. 2a :  deficient in clarity or purity :  foul, muddy <turbid depths of degradation and misery — C. I. Glicksberg>b :  characterized by or producing obscurity (as of mind or emotions) <an emotionally turbid response>

turbidity

play \ˌtər-ˈbi-də-tē\ noun

turbidly

play \ˈtər-bəd-lē\ adverb

turbidness

noun

Examples of turbid in a sentence

  1. <the pond water became turbid from our swimming and splashing>



Did You Know?

Turbid and "turgid" (which means "swollen or distended" or "overblown, pompous, or bombastic") are frequently mistaken for one another, and it's no wonder. Not only do the two words differ by only a letter, they are often used in contexts where either word could fit. For example, a flooded stream can be simultaneously cloudy and swollen, and badly written prose might be both unclear and grandiloquent. Nevertheless, the distinction between these two words, however fine, is an important one for conveying exact shades of meaning, so it's a good idea to keep them straight.

Origin and Etymology of turbid

Latin turbidus confused, turbid, from turba confusion, crowd, probably from Greek tyrbē confusion


First Known Use: 1626

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TURBID Defined for Kids

turbid

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adjective tur·bid \ˈtər-bəd\

Definition of turbid for Students

  1. :  dark or discolored with sediment <a turbid stream>




Medical Dictionary

turbid

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adjective tur·bid \ˈtər-bəd\

Medical Definition of turbid

  1. :  thick or opaque with matter in suspension :  cloudy or muddy in appearance <turbid urine>




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