\ ə-ˈblər How to pronounce ablur (audio) \

Definition of ablur

: in a state of very rapid movement or activity : moving too quickly to be seen clearly : blurring As if on cue, an Anna's hummingbird zipped up, wings ablur and feathers flashing red and green in the sun.— Jim McCausland, Sunset, July 1992 So the workers scramble, their hands ablur and sweat slicking their faces …— Fred Alvarez, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sept. 2000

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First Known Use of ablur

1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ablur

a- entry 1 + blur entry 2

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“Ablur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ablur. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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