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blur

noun \ ˈblər \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of blur

1 :a smear or stain that obscures
2 :something vaguely or indistinctly perceived
  • The words are just a blur without his glasses.
  • The whole weekend is a blur to me.
; especially :something moving or occurring too quickly to be clearly seen
  • passed by in a blur of motion

Recent Examples of blur from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of blur

perhaps akin to Middle English bleren to blear


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blur

verb

Definition of blur

blurred; blurring
transitive verb
1 :to obscure or blemish by smearing
  • windows blurred by fingerprints
2 :sully
  • … an act that blurs the grace and blush of modesty.
  • —Shakespeare
3 :to make dim, indistinct, or vague in outline or character
  • His vision was blurred.
  • digitally blur the edges of photographs
  • bluring the line between fact and fiction
4 :to make cloudy or confused
  • time had begun to blur her senses
  • —W. A. White
intransitive verb
1 :to make blurs
  • … the moths tapped and blurred at the window screen …
  • —R. P. Warren
2 :to become vague or indistinct
  • distinctions between the two are beginning to blur

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.

Recent Examples of blur from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of blur

see 1blur


BLUR Defined for English Language Learners

blur

noun

Definition of blur for English Language Learners

  • : something that you cannot see clearly

  • : something that is difficult to remember


blur

verb

Definition of blur for English Language Learners

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

  • : to become unclear or difficult to see or remember


BLUR Defined for Kids

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blur

noun \ ˈblər \

Definition of blur for Students

1 :something that cannot be seen clearly
  • The ball was moving so fast, all I saw was a blur.
2 :something that is difficult to remember
  • By now, my summer vacation is a blur.

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blur

verb

Definition of blur for Students

blurred; blurring
1 :to make unclear or hard to see or remember Adjusting the lenses just blurred the image further.
2 :to make or become unclear or confused Time only blurred his memory of the incident.


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