\ ˈblər How to pronounce blur (audio) \

Definition of blur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


blurred; blurring

Definition of blur (Entry 2 of 2)

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 blurring the line between fact and fiction
4 : to make cloudy or confused time had begun to blur her senses— W. A. White

intransitive verb

1a : to make blurs … the moths tapped and blurred at the window screen …— R. P. Warren
b : move too quickly to be seen clearly … it's like the … ride of a traveling carnival, with eerie lights and sharp turns on the rails and the odd unsettling image that blurs past you.— Adrian McKinty
2 : to become vague or indistinct distinctions between the two are beginning to blur

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Other Words from blur


blurringly \ ˈblər-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce blur (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for blur

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of blur in a Sentence

Verb The tears in my eyes blurred the words on the page. His novel is based on historical occurrences but it blurs the line between fact and fiction. The two events have blurred together in my mind.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And while the actual elimination is kind of a blur with plaster flying everywhere, Nehemiah and Teck are neck-and-neck the entire way through. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The Challenge: All Stars recap: Power trippin'," 16 Apr. 2021 Like so many caterers, Yonette Alleyne — who specializes in dishes from Guyana, a country on South America’s northern coast with close cultural ties to the Caribbean — had to reinvent her business model in a blur last year. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, "12 stellar places for springtime takeout and outdoor dining," 26 Mar. 2021 After Frese called timeout, the ball pressure and quick ball movement returned and a 7-0 run with a 3-pointer from Chloe Bibby had the lead back to 29 in a blur. Jim Vertuno, Star Tribune, "Maryland women pour it on Alabama 100-64 to reach Sweet 16," 24 Mar. 2021 Her seeing eye dog, a golden retriever named Petra, would guide her through the blur of Lincoln’s on-campus lanes. USA Today, "'It’s a sad season': How athletes, coaches are coping with collegiate programs being cut," 11 Apr. 2021 The dynamic smoothing removes the motion blur, making sports watching optimal. Chris Hachey, BGR, "You don’t want to miss this deal for optimizing your home entertainment experience," 9 Apr. 2021 But there was a prominent green shoot among the blur of red. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "After a rough week, crude and tech stocks look to mount a comeback," 19 Mar. 2021 The scenery blended, all becoming lost to the background of his breathing, to the blur of repetition. Steve Straessle, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | STEVE STRAESSLE: The trail ahead," 6 Mar. 2021 The following is a list of some beacons that cut through the pandemic blur. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, "The Best Art of 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Working from home, however, can too easily blur the line between what's work time and what's home time. Edward Segal, Forbes, "Survey Finds Email Fatigue Could Lead 38% Of Workers To Quit Their Jobs," 21 Apr. 2021 The boundary between revery and hallucination may blur. Luc-christophe Guillerm, Scientific American, "Coping Strategies of Ocean Castaways Hold Lessons for the COVID Pandemic," 16 Apr. 2021 As boundaries between the entertainment sectors continue to blur, the father-and-son team are proud to foster the firm’s growth with multihyphenate entertainers. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Revealed: Billboard's 2021 Top Music Lawyers," 5 Apr. 2021 By blurring the line between reach and targeting, marketing campaigns aimed at the movable middles can blur the line between traditional and digital channels too. Michael Schoen, Forbes, "Reach And Targeting: Can Brands Have Their Cake And Eat It Too?," 5 Apr. 2021 As Lil Nas X continues to blur the lines between hip-hop and country music, internet troll and global star, and now, heaven and hell, one thing is clear: people are still talking about him. Ashan Singh, ABC News, "Lil Nas X embraces sexuality, sparks Satanic panic online with new music video," 30 Mar. 2021 Clear Sky Resorts' luxury domes — located just outside Glacier and Grand Canyon national parks — blur the line of traditional lodging, uniting nature buffs and splendor seekers under the same curved roof. Jacqueline Kehoe, Travel + Leisure, "These Luxury Domes Are Perfect for Stargazing, Outdoor Adventures, and Romantic Getaways — and They're Near 2 Popular National Parks," 24 Mar. 2021 But as Hollywood makes streaming the focal point of its business and the lines continue to blur between what constitutes a film and TV, that contrast is vanishing quickly. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "Superheroes are shifting to streaming. That could change everything," 19 Mar. 2021 As e-commerce proliferates, the barriers separating physical and online shopping experiences will blur. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Covid-19 Rewrote the Rules of Shopping. What Is Next?," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of blur


1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1520, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for blur

Noun and Verb

perhaps akin to Middle English bleren to blear

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28 Apr 2021

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“Blur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that you cannot see clearly
: something that is difficult to remember



English Language Learners Definition of blur (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ ˈblər How to pronounce blur (audio) \

Kids Definition of blur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.


blurred; blurring

Kids Definition of blur (Entry 2 of 2)

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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