\ 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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blurringly \ ˈblər-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce blurringly (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 At the same time, the speed with which his mind worked sometimes left a blur on the page. Anthony Gottlieb, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Thought Too Fast," 27 Apr. 2020 From its opening cliff dive to an extended shootout on a bridge that gives Extraction its heart-in-mouth finale, the film is a kinetic blur of action overload, inclined toward long takes and minimal editing. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Chris Hemsworth calls ‘Extraction’ the ‘most exhausting’ shoot of his career," 23 Apr. 2020 Though vivid by itself, the Feb. 16 encounter blurs into the emotional gantlet through which Howard played the regular season - grief, injury, criticism and finally desperation as the Mavericks clawed for a playoff spot. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, "From the archives: Obstacles faced during ex-Mavs forward Josh Howard’s NBA career," 16 Apr. 2020 In that book, a Portland teenager named Andrea discovers her own local scene and her life becomes an enviable, angsty blur of vintage dresses, punk shows, and the intermittent attentions of a damaged musician. Eryn Loeb, Longreads, "On Watching Boys Play Music," 8 Apr. 2020 The front selfie camera—which had the second most megapixels of any in the test—worked similarly, recognizing faces and boasting its own portrait mode that provides that nice blur. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Camera Phones, Whether You’re an Apple Fan or Android Adherent," 31 Mar. 2020 The next several weeks were a blur, as the doctors added her to the surgery schedule then tackled a six-hour operation to remove the growth. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "It’s More Important Than Ever to Celebrate Mother’s Day This Year," 27 Apr. 2020 The following days, weeks and even months were a blur for Faith’s family. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Family of slain UNC student Faith Hedgepeth desperate for answers nearly eight years after her brutal murder," 18 Apr. 2020 Life might be a blur, but at least there are three little plant babies depending on you! Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "20 gifts to give someone who can’t leave the house," 17 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By switching so quickly, in just two pithy words, news programs blurred the lines between what was important and what was not. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Newcastle, Saudi Arabia and the Power of Words," 24 Apr. 2020 His work often blurred the lines of journalism and art. Kirsten Fleming, Washington Examiner, "Anthony Causi, 1971-2020," 16 Apr. 2020 The distinction between a Thursday and a Saturday blurred dramatically when many aspects of daily life—from commutes to coffee-shop gossip sessions—were put on hold. Suzanne Zuppello, WSJ, "Paper Planners to Help You Stay Away From Screens," 11 Apr. 2020 Today, new types of drinks — like alcoholic or caffeinated seltzer, for example — are blurring those categories. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Powerade is getting a makeover for the first time in more than a decade," 16 Jan. 2020 State police blurred the faces of Hansen and others in the video. oregonlive, "Police release body cam footage of controversial arrest of OSU student, 21, amid concerns over ‘systemic racism’," 23 Oct. 2019 The bodycam video included blurred still frames showing a gun inside a bedroom. Jake Bleiberg, The Denver Post, "Fort Worth cop resigns after fatally shooting black woman in her home," 14 Oct. 2019 Microsoft has published a new Xbox extension for Microsoft Edge that blurs the lines between working from home and sneaking a peek into your favorite game streams. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft offers a cool Xbox extension for Microsoft Edge: Xbox New Tab," 25 Mar. 2020 Designers and builders alike have stepped away from the concept of distinct rooms and moved towards spaces that blur the lines of what a space is intended for. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, "Mark Sikes Shows a Simple-But-Genius Trick For Separating Rooms in an Open Floor Plan," 25 Feb. 2020

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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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19 May 2020

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“Blur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce blur (audio)

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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